Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Maryland Governor
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a proposal into law which explicitly legalizes medical cannabis; the measure, House Bill 1321, will take effect on July 1st.
Under the new law, the possession and use of medical cannabis will be legal those with a qualifying condition such as cancer or chronic pain who receive a recommendation from a physician. The bill will establish a minimum of 94 dispensaries throughout the state to distribute cannabis to patients, and will authorize state-licensed cultivation centers.
The proposal is an extension of a law passed in 2013 which authorized academic medical centers in the state to distribute medical cannabis; many advocates considered that proposal unworkable for patients.