Last week we reported on new legislation in Maryland which passed through two House committees on the same day. Today, that measure passed through the state’s full House of Delegates with an 108-28 vote, moving it to the Senate, which last week approved a measure decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis.
House Bill 1101, if passed, would allow academic medical centers to distribute cannabis to patients: The measure would allow certain hospitals to become licensed to participate in medical cannabis studies, where they would supply cannabis to qualified patients, studying its daily effects on them. A cannabis commission of 12 individuals, appointed by the governor, would oversee licensing and regulations.
This is far from a perfect measure, but is a step in the right direction: The state is embracing that marijuana IS a medicine worth studying.