Defense For Medical Marijuana Clears Legislature

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new defense for Maryland residents who use marijuana for medical reasons has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill Monday night on a 39-5 vote.

The bill would enable Marylanders to avoid a $100 fine and misdemeanor conviction if they are arrested with marijuana but have a doctor’s permission to use the drug for medicinal purposes.

The measure also calls for a study on how medical marijuana could be distributed in the future in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O’Malley says he’ll sign the bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. bernie says:

    Another source of control & revenue. Now we all can look forward to drunk driving & pot heads sharing the road. Nice we have a National health insurance program to care for a new generation of smokers. Will they be allowed to smoke where traditional smokers aren’t?

  2. Larry says:

    News for you: no one has EVER overdosed from marijuana. (3,000 plus overdose deaths per year from prescription medicine), (5,000 plus overdose deaths per year from heroin and cocaine). Marijuana is a class 1 drug and cocaine is class 2. You serve more time for class 1. Alcohol is the number one top dog all time killer with 50,000 deaths per year and 250,000 people in rehab from teenagers to senior citizens. The gateway drug is alcohol.

  3. Torian says:

    I feel that any one so be able to smoke because no one has ever died from smoken and people are going to smoke anyway so i all for it and getinh high does not change the way you drive if anything it makes you drive better because your more in to was going on around you if u never goten high i dont think you should comment.

  4. sven says:

    I find it amusing how many so-called educated individuals like bernie do their learning by watching television.

    Do some quick research on how many smokers die from tobacco vs. marijuana. Then try to find out how many people are closet marijuana users because of this country’s antiquated laws. There is no new generation of smokers, they are here now and have been for years.

    Drunk driving numbers are down nationwide, the younger generation needs to be educated on moderation by the alcohol companies reaping record profits.

    Bernie, the old stick-in-the-mud conservative needs to get out of the way and be led out to pasture.

    Control and revenue is not necessarily a bad thing. States need a new source of revenue, farmers need a new revenue producing crop and individuals suffering from cancer and other painful ailments should be able to utilize a drug which won’t leave them dependent but rather functional.

    The naturally grown plant cannabis is a solution not a problem like corrosive narrow minded backward thinking individuals like bernie..

  5. MIJAXN says:

    VEGETABLE FARMERS, CLEAR SOME LAND FOR THE PHYSICIANS AND PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES.
    I’M CERTAIN WITH THE CONTROL THE LATTER HAS ON THE MEDICAL FIELD, THEY WILL BECOME THE NEW CANNABIS KINGPINS.

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