Issue: Urban Farming
Context: Include Marijuana as a crop to been grown under the Urban Agriculture Tax Credit Bill, shrink the size of a property of what would be considered an urban farmer to the average backyard, and support sale of all items grown to local dispensaries/markets.
Talking Point: Our body politic is slowly catching up to our society. Marylanders want the freedom to grow produce in whether it’s in their large lots of land or backyard that could be sold in their local markets. In addition, the opportunity for that same land owner to diversify their harvest with marijuana and sell it to their local dispensary would be an incredible boost to our state’s economy.
Issue: No Fracking in Maryland
Context: Continue to support ban on Fracking in Maryland, while supporting green initiatives in Western Maryland
Talking Point: Western Maryland is home to some of the poorest counties in the state. I know many people feel fracking would be a great financial benefit to their community. However, it would come at tremendous risk to our environment. Investments in western Maryland should go into wind, solar, and other renewable energies that would equate the number of jobs fracking would bring and be less of a risk to our environment. This way, we safeguard our future while cashing in on our present opportunities.
Issue: Retrofitting Homes with Solar
Context: Grow Solar in Maryland
Talking Point: Solar is our largest single energy supplier in Maryland, but we can do more. In 2014, the 215 MW of solar electricity energy capacity currently installed in Maryland ranks the state 14th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 24,000 homes. When I’m finished as your US Senator, I want to be top 5. It’s necessary to continue build natural energy sources while add employment to an industry of more than 168 solar companies at work throughout Maryland, employing 3,000 people.
Issue: No Lead in Water
Context: Replace Lead Pipes in areas with lead in water
Talking Point: A few years ago, some of our schools found high levels of lead in the drinking water. This is unacceptable. We have had some smart Marylanders on the case to lower lead levels in our water, but more needs to be done. In Michigan, money was allocated to uproot old and corrosive lead pipes and replace them. In areas of high risk of lead corrosion in pipes we must be prepared to take action. We can’t afford to ignore the fact that one day our lead pipes could age out and our children could fall ill because of political neglect and a lack of leadership.
Issue: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
Context: Legalize Recreational Marijuana, tax it, create a new tax base that will improve Maryland.
Talking Point: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana will assist with education reform, infrastructure, Economic Development, business growth, and lighten the burden on the tax payer! Legalizing Recreational Marijuana will be to give back to those communities mostly affected by the failed war on drugs to create stability growth and self-sufficient wealth. I know if given opportunity and resources to do so, people can realize their dreams, I will help make that a reality for MORE MARYLANDERS!
Issue: Urban Dispensary Business Training for former people with prior Marijuana Convictions
Context: Those with prior marijuana convictions get support to become business owners as recompense from a failed “war on drugs” that disproportionately harmed communities of color and the poor.
Talking Point: Thousands of Marylanders have been imprisoned because the “war on drugs” targeted individuals in poor communities who sold marijuana, a drug commonly given to cancer patients and have been proven to reduce opioid overuse in states. This training and support for those with prior marijuana convictions to become business owners to sell marijuana legally is an extremely fair and just way to correct a failed policy and create opportunities for time lost.
Issue: Rural Grants for Land Owners to Grow Marijuana in Greenhouses
Context: Pass Recreational Marijuana Law to assist growers in producing to build industry
Talking Point: Growing marijuana is more than just an investment in industry, it’s an investment in the people of within our great state and our ability to create. Once elected I will work to legalize marijuana on the federal level and eventually invest millions to growers who could produce potentially billions in revenue that can help fund our schools, healthcare, and transportation.
Issue: Tax Credits for Landlords who allow tenants to grow and sell Marijuana to local dispensaries
Context: Incentives to home owners and landlords to have marijuana grown on their property.
Talking Point: The passage of the Urban Farming Tax Credit Plan opens the doors for many new opportunities to amend the deal and made it more palatable for all stakeholders of a Maryland that has legal marijuana. In addition to other plans, the Urban Farming Tax Credit will be amended to give owners of building the option to allow their tenants to grow marijuana in their property and sell it to a local dispensary for a profit that benefits both the landlord and tenant.