ANNAPOLIS — A bill aimed at making marijuana available as a medical remedy for conditions such as childhood epilepsy has cleared one side of the state Legislature, and lawmakers say it stands a good chance of success in the second.

After the legislation passed the House of Delegates on Monday, it headed over to the Senate, a chamber that has historically been more friendly to medical marijuana proposals. Sen. Brian Frosh, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said the legislation might see some changes. However, he predicted that the Maryland General Assembly will act this session to open access to medical marijuana.

“I think we’ll get something done,” said Frosh, D-Montgomery. “I think it will improve what’s in place because that’s not working at all. But I can’t really predict yet what shape it will take.”

The Judicial Proceedings Committee will take up the Senate version of the medical marijuana bill sometime this week or next, Frosh said. The panel will then turn to the House proposal, he added.

Sen. David Brinkley said he anticipates an attempt to attach a marijuana decriminalization proposal to the bill. However, a decriminalization provision would likely drag down the entire bill, said Brinkley, who indicated he would resist the add-on.

Shannon Moore, a Frederick parent who has advocated for access to medical marijuana, said she was excited to see the House approve the bill by a vote of 126 to 10.

“I’m absolutely thrilled. ... What it means is we’re going to have a medical marijuana bill that works,” said Moore, whose twin sons suffer from life-threatening seizures.

In Colorado, concentrated marijuana oil has emerged as a pediatric treatment for epilepsy, and Moore has argued that Maryland children deserve the same chance at finding relief.

Maryland lawmakers last year approved a bill allowing academic medical centers to run marijuana treatment programs. However, no academic medical centers have stepped forward to establish such a program. As a result, Maryland patients still lack legal access to medical marijuana.

The proposal that passed the House this week took shape through a collaboration between delegates Cheryl Glenn and Dan Morhaim, D-Baltimore County.

Their legislation would open a pathway for obtaining marijuana through a doctor-patient relationship.

Brinkley, R-District 4, said he believes the Senate will look favorably on the proposal. Both Brinkley and Sen. Ron Young, D-District 3, have signed on to sponsor the Senate version of Glenn’s bill.

Glenn said her bill strikes a balance between allowing marijuana treatments and tightly controlling the substance’s distribution, and she believes her proposal will pass the Senate largely intact.

“We expect this to be up and running within a year,” Glenn, D-Baltimore city, said of the new medical marijuana program.

Her legislation states that to access marijuana, patients would need a physician’s written certification that the substance would be medically beneficial. At that point, the state medical marijuana commission could issue an identification card to the patient, who could then buy the substance from licensed growers, Glenn said.

The bill lists certain disease categories appropriate for the treatment; conditions that involve anorexia, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe muscle spasms are mentioned in the legislation. 

Follow Bethany Rodgers on Twitter: @BethRodgersFNP.

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2ndAffirmative

From "who could then buy the substance from licensed growers" is going to lead to "concentrated marijuana oil has emerged as a pediatric treatment for epilepsy"?

Maryland is going to make the same mistake New York made and not make the oil available.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/charlottes-web-marijuana-a-hope-for-kids-with-seizures-despite-unproven-medical-benefits/

public-redux

Just because MJ is lauded in the bible is not sufficient reason to avoid it. True, the bible is chock-a-block with bad ideas but that doesn't mean there aren't at least a few good ones in there somewhere.

srpez2

Yup, marijuana cures "everything" just like they said cocaine and opiate extracts did in the late 19th century. Cigarette smoking is evil and people who smoke stink and are cutting their lives short, but smoking marijuana will be a savior to the world of medicine. Go figure that logic.

Just legalize it and tax it and let's move on- you're going to anyway.

president8444

Just make it legal and tax it plenty and lower our real estate taxes.Do not give for pro sports in Baltimore as our lotto. give them plenty.

shepherd

Actually Marijuana is mentioned in the bible by name:

1980, etymologists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem confirmed that cannabis is mentioned in the Bible by name, Kineboisin (Also spelled Kannabosm), in a list of measured ingredients for "an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compounded after the art of apothecary to be smeared on the head. The word was mistranslated in King James version as `calamus' – Exodus 30:23 (Latimer 1988).

The above means it was in the oil they used to rub on their skin, it was in the bread they ate called the Lord's Supper, and it was in the incense that was burned in the temples.

Marijuana is the Tree-Of-Life talked about in the bible, indeed it was a real tree that grew from the ground:

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree, the tree of life was also growing in the garden...

The above reveals that the Tree-Of-Life is indeed a real tree that grows in the ground.

Rev 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the ocean, was the tree of life. The foliage of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

We are living in a day when the Tree-Of-Life (what the world calls marijuana) is healing everything it comes in contact with.

The ONLY thing dangerous about marijuana are the cops who shoot people for having it:

Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals' reports.

TOBACCO - 340,000 to 450,000

ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) - 150,000+

ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) - 180 to 1,000+

CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) - 1,000 to 10,000

"LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol - e.g. Valium/alcohol - 14,000 to 27,000

ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE - (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs - 3,800 to 5,200

MARIJUANA - 0

(**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.** Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

Accordingly a 1993 study done by the U.S. Department of Transportation came to the same conclusion as the above concerning marijuana and driving safety:

“Marijuana, administered in a dose of 100 µg THC per kg of whole body weight...did not significantly change mean driving performance as measured...” - U.S Department of Transportation: Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance DOT HS 808 078

The fact is people who use marijuana reflexes are not affected in a negative way and they become more conscious of safety, sometimes refusing to even drive.

Marijuana is a plant with a safety record second to none.

Anyone who would like to dispute these FACTS, point to a credible death that involves marijuana and nothing but marijuana, or hold your tongue.

ballenger-creek-golfer

That explains why Christians act the way they do.

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ballenger-creek-golfer

^^ That's a fact Jack.

RIGHTonline

"Marijuana is the Tree-Of-Life talked about in the bible..."

Just another myth drummed up by people who know little about the Bible. One popular myth is that the fruit that Adam and Eve ate from was an apple. The Bible just refers to "fruit". Another myth is people claiming scripture that states "God helps those who help themselves". Not the first time that I personally heard someone making ludicrous remarks about the Bible and pot. Some will say anything to support their beliefs or opinions.

Discreetboi21706

Its called interpretation, just as you often do when you mis quoted the bible regarding homosexuality. Practice what you preach dear.

fredneckian

"Some will say anything to support their beliefs or opinions."

And some, YOU in particular, do the opposite. You state no facts to support your opinions.

Would you deny these children a medication that helps them because you think MJ is evil?

Where are your statistics about the damage MJ does to society to rebuff the FACTS stated and backed with evidence above?

Typical. Don't want the government intruding in your life but don't care how it intrudes on others.

Tell me how MJ has negatively affected your life, or anyone around you. Then tell me how much Alcohol and Tobacco have.

But that's right, we are in the middle of moral decay because of gay marriage gambling and MJ, when none of it affects you. Give me some facts about how we are in that moral decay.

You can't. You just spout your ignorant opinion as fact. And you wonder why reasonable people deride the far right. You deserve the derision.

Discreetboi21706

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fredneckian

Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals' reports.

TOBACCO - 340,000 to 450,000

ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) - 150,000+

ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) - 180 to 1,000+

CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) - 1,000 to 10,000

"LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol - e.g. Valium/alcohol - 14,000 to 27,000

ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE - (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs - 3,800 to 5,200

MARIJUANA - 0

(**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.** Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

Accordingly a 1993 study done by the U.S. Department of Transportation came to the same conclusion as the above concerning marijuana and driving safety:

“Marijuana, administered in a dose of 100 µg THC per kg of whole body weight...did not significantly change mean driving performance as measured...” - U.S Department of Transportation: Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance DOT HS 808 078


See, those are facts supported by scientific studies.

Let's see you do some research and refute the above, rather than the standard Repub line "We KNOW what's best for the nation because...because...well, because we just do!"[beam]

Discreetboi21706

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