Hemp Legislation Signed into Law by Maryland Governor

hemphemphempMaryland Governor Larry Gogan has signed into law legislation that allows academic institutions to cultivate hemp for research purposes.

House Bill 443 was passed unanimously by Maryland’s Senate as well as their House of Representatives. Unfortunately the bill doesn’t allow for the commercial cultivation of hemp, but advocates of the bill argue that allowing academic institutions to study it is the first step towards the state legalizing hemp for all farmers, given that the studies are sure to come back with positive results.

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Maryland Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Dentists, Nurses and Midwives to Recommend Cannabis

medicalmarylandMaryland’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.

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Maryland Legislature Overrides Governor Veto, Decriminalizes Cannabis Paraphernalia

Cannabis ParaphernaliaThe Maryland House and Senate voted 86-55 and 29-17 today to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of Senate Bill 517, to decriminalize cannabis paraphernalia.

The proposal, introduced by Senator Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), removes criminal penalties for the possession of cannabis paraphernalia, such as pipes, bongs and grinders. Governor Hogan vetoed this common sense measure in May, after it was approved 32-13 in the Senate and 83-53 in the House of Delegates.

The approval of this new law comes after the state’s adoption of a 2014 policy that removes criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis, while leaving in place penalties for cannabis paraphernalia.

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Maryland House Approves Bill to Allow those on Parole and Probation to Possess and Use Cannabis

Maryland’s Housemaryland of Delegates has voted to approve a bill that would allow those on parole and probation to possess and use small amounts of cannabis.

The proposal, sponsored by Delegate David Moon (D-Montgomery), would allow those on parole, and those on probation, to possess and use up to 10 grams of cannabis, which was decriminalized by state lawmakers in 2014.

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