Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Mizeur wins backing of national marijuana reform group


Maryland Del. Heather R. Mizeur. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather R. Mizeur on Friday picked up the endorsement of one of the nation’s leading groups that advocate for the reform of marijuana laws.

Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate who has proposed a system of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana in Maryland, was backed by the political action committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

“We believe Delegate Mizeur and her running mate Delman Coates will provide the leadership required to help Maryland move towards a new, smarter approach to marijuana,” said Erik Altieri, NORML’s PAC manager.

Under a proposal made by Mizeur in November, tax revenue from marijuana sales would be used to fund early childhood education programs. She estimates that her plan would generate $158 million a year.

Mizeur faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in the June Democratic primary for governor.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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