Apr 022013
 

Maryland medical marijuana Maryland’s House of Representatives approved a bill giving caregivers of patients who use medical marijuana a defense in court if they possess up to an ounce. The measure, which passed the House 92-37, recently passed the Senate, and now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.

In Maryland, patients have an “affirmative defense” if they possess marijuana for medical reasons, meaning that they can still be arrested and prosecuted, but are allowed to use medical necessity as a defense in court.

This new bill would give the same defense to caregivers who possess marijuana and can prove it was for their patients medical use. Under the measure, a caregiver must be an immediate family member of the patient.

Maryland’s Senate recently approved a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, and the House recently approved a bill allowing for medical marijuana research.

Source: The Joint Blog

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  • moldy

    WTF are you supposed to do with a one ounce limit? You break the law the minute you harvest one plant. Sure, good on Maryland for working on this but they are all totally insane. Just legalize for all and stop this silly shit.

  • moldy

    “”House recently approved a bill allowing for medical marijuana research.”"

    Most of the research that addresses their concerns is already completed. Just hire some dude working out of his mom’s basement to do internet searches, it’s all there.

  • DavidTheExpert

    Hooray! This is a pretty minor bill, but good news none the less.

    It’s like when a piece of software gets an update that just says “minor bug fixes and improvements.” That’s what MD’s medical marijuana policy needed: a minor update to address a couple of bugs.