Maryland Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Already Passed House

A Maryland Senate committee has passed a measure to expand the state’s medical marijuana program by increasing the number of licensed growers and processors.

The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Friday, sending it towards a full Senate vote. The bill has already been passed by the full House of Representatives, though it was amended in committee meaning the House would need to vote on it again if passed by the Senate, before it can be sent to Governor Larry Hogan for consideration.

The proposed law would increase the number of licensed medical marijuana growers from 15 to 22, a roughly 50% increase. It would also double the number of medical marijuana processors, from 15 to 30 (five more than allowed under the House-approved version of the bill).

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After Years of Delay, Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Maryland

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana on Friday, ending years of delays.

Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. William Askinazi, one of the owners, said people who work at the store were euphoric that the day had finally arrived.

“You can tell there’s a buzz, and we’re excited for so many reasons,” Askinazi said. “We’re giving care to people who need it.”

A long line of people cheered late Friday as sales began.

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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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