3 Different Proposals On The Table.
Another controversial proposal is flying under the radar in Annapolis amid the flurry of the gay marriage debate – legalizing medical marijuana.
The Legislature is considering three different proposals dealing with the legalization of medicinal marijuana.
One proposal backed by Delegate Dan Morhaim, D-Baltimore County, would allow the drug to be prescribed to ease the suffering of those with debilitating conditions.
“Our plan really has a tightly controlled system. It’s the state-designated grower and distribution system with every leaf accounted for, from growing to where the patient gets it, and a very tight system of recommendation — easily the tightest system in the U.S.,” Morhaim said.
He said it’s important to understand that the drug helps people.
“We have to have a heart here. With the aging of the population and the number of people that are surviving chronic diseases, this can give them relief, and we can do it in a responsible way.
That’s why there is bipartisan support and public support,” Morhaim said.
His medical marijuana bill is scheduled to be heard March 9 by a joint House committee.