Maryland Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

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Maryland Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

Today Maryland’s Senate, without debate, approved House Bill 1101 through its 2nd reading. The measure wpopopoill be up for one final Senate vote in the coming days, which is a final procedural step it’s expected to pass through. It will then head to the governor for final consideration.

Last week Maryland’s House approved the measure with a strong majority, voting 108-28.

If it passes the final Senate hearing, and is signed into law, the measure would authorize certain hospitals to become licensed as academic medical centers, which would allow them to legally distribute cannabis to patients.

These centers and their patients would then participate in a study examining the medicine’s effects.

Maryland legislators also voted recently to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, and to add legal protections for medical marijuana caregivers.

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