Maryland’s full legislature has given approval to legislation that will allow more than just physicians to recommend medical cannabis. The vote in the Senate was 36 to 10, following a 110 to 21 vote in the House of Representatives in February.
Under the proposed law, which was introduced by Delegate Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore City), midwives, nurses, dentists and foot doctors would be allowed to certify patients to legally use medical cannabis. Under current law, that authority is restricted to physicians.
Advocates of the measure say that it will ease the life of those who have a qualifying medical cannabis condition, but have a hard time finding a physician willing to recommend the medicine.
The proposal now moves goes to Governor Larry Hogan for final consideration.