Annapolis, MD – The right to use and grow marijuana would be enshrined in the state constitution — alongside such freedoms as speech and religion — under legislation that will receive a hearing in Annapolis Tuesday.

Del. David Moon, a freshman Democrat from Montgomery County, has proposed a measure that would give all people over 21 the right to “use, possess and cultivate” marijuana — subject to the General Assembly’s right to tax sales of the drug. If the legislation were to pass, which is not likely given the legislature’s cautious approach to even medical use of marijuana, the proposed amendment would be placed on the 2018 ballot for the voters to decide.