In this Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, Yamileth Bolanos, who runs Pure Life Alternative Wellness Center, holds a vial of marijuana known as Jupiter Kush, at her store in Los Angeles.
(Photo: Reed Saxon, AP)
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker who is running for governor is proposing to legalize marijuana in the state.
Del. Heather Mizeur announced the plan on Tuesday.
She says legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol would provide the state with increased revenue and enhance public safety.
Mizeur says taxing marijuana sales would generate $157.5 million annually to be spent on early childhood education. The lawmaker says her plan would help ensure that prekindergarten is available to all children in Maryland.
Mizeur is seeking the Democratic nomination for the governorship.