Medical marijuana legislation introduced in the state

Medical marijuana could be prescribed in the state if legislation passes the General Assembly this session. Photo courtesy of inquisitr.com.

A state bill approving the use of medical marijuana is expected to go before the General Assembly this legislative session, according to Del. Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore City).

Glenn said the bill, entitled the Maryland Medical Marijuana Act, would empower doctors to prescribe the drug to patients suffering with severe pain and end-of-life ailments. However, Glenn added such prescriptions will be used when “doctors have exhausted all other resources,” to quell worries of potential drug abuse.

Glenn said the bill’s main focus is to provide an easier access for such patients to acquire the drug at the doctor’s owndiscretion.

“I want people to have safe access,” she said. “I want people to not be relegated to buying drugs on the street.

The bill will go before the Health and Government Operations Committee for review, and Glenn said she expects a bill hearing to take place early next month. Sixteen states and Washington have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana.

According to Westminster Patch, Sen. David R. Brinkley (R-Carroll), who sponsored a similar bill last year, said he plans to introduce a similar Senate bill in the coming weeks.

Check Thursday’s edition of The Diamondback for complete coverage.

— Jim Bach

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