Md. Lawmakers Shape Medical Marijuana Bill
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Md. Lawmakers Shape Medical Marijuana Bill
Posted by CN Staff on February 15, 2011 at 06:32:51 PT
By Jennifer Shutt
Source: News Journal
Annapolis, MD -- Delegate Mike McDermott said he will vote for a bill to allow medicinal marijuana use if an amendment he has filed is incorporated into it.The bill, which has a counterpart in the Senate, would make marijuana a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and allow it to be prescribed by doctors in certain cases. Marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I substance, meaning it "has a high potential for abuse" and has no accepted medical value.
McDermott's amendment, if added, would require anyone with a prescription for marijuana to consume it through a vaporizer, ingestion or injection -- not by smoking it."I would have to see if any other amendments come flying on," said McDermott, R-Worcester.If his amendment is not included in the final bill, he is unlikely to vote for it, he said."With the amendment, it becomes a medical issue entirely, but I can't vote for it in the present form," McDermott said.Currently, 15 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana to be used by some medical patients. Last year, a medicinal marijuana bill was introduced and passed in the Maryland Senate but got nowhere in the House.The bill introduced this year has 61 delegates and 22 senators sponsoring it, including Sen. Jim Mathias, D-38-Worcester.  Snipped  Complete Article: News Journal, The (Wilmington, DE)Author: Jennifer ShuttPublished: February 15, 2011Copyright: 2011 The News JournalWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 15, 2011 at 08:09:49 PT
Story (Rep. Ellen Story -D-Amherst)drafts legalization bill as in Democrat
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