#MACoCon Panel Discusses Challenges and Opportunities Around Possible Cannabis Legalization

At the MACo 2021 Winter Conference, an expert panel discussed the challenges and opportunities related to marijuana legalization. 

As the State considers options for policy reform related to recreational cannabis use, counties will be impacted in a variety of ways. From human resources considerations to public safety and justice to public health and land use issues, county governments will be at the forefront of implementation and accountability. Panelists discussed potential avenues for legislative reform, what counties can expect, and how to best prepare for change. 

Cannabis legalization presents several challenges and opportunities for public and private actors alike. One of the main takeaways is that very soon, our interaction with cannabis will be akin to that of alcohol. Education, regulation, and awareness will be critical components of society’s new and more open relationship with the substance.


  • Shad Ewart, Chair, Anne Arundel Community College School of Business and Law
  • Kevin Karpinski, Karpinski, Colaresi and Karp, PA  
  • Debra Borden, Deputy General Counsel, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

ModeratorThe Honorable Stephen Wantz, Commissioner, Carroll County

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