Maryland: Medical Marijuana To Be Debated Thursday


Graphic: Marijuana Policy Project

‚ÄčOn Thursday, March 18, the Maryland State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will receive testimony on SB 627, a bill that would make Maryland the 15th state in the nation to have an effective medical marijuana law.

Sponsored by Frederick County Republican Sen. David Brinkley, the bill would allow state-regulated outlets to to dispense medical marijuana to patients who receive a recommendation from their doctor.
The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Senate President Mike Miller, Minority Leader Allan Kittleman, Minority Whip Nancy Jacobs, and Deputy Majority Leader Robert Garigiola, among others.

WHAT: Hearing on SB 6278, a medical marijuana bill in Maryland
WHERE: 2 East, Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD
WHEN: Thursday, March 18, 1 p.m.
(Please note that 11 bills are scheduled for the 1 p.m. hearing and we don’t know in what order they will be called.)
WHO: Patients, advocates and others will testify.
The House Judiciary and Health Government Operations committees heard testimony Feb. 26 on HB 712, companion legislation sponsored by Del. Dan Morhaim (D-Baltimore County), an emergency room physician, and cosponsored by 47 other delegates.
Several doctors, patients and advocates spoke in support of the bill during the previous hearing, and a similar turnout is expected Thursday, according to Mike Meno of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).