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Mike Meno, MPP assistant director of communications
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Maryland Lawmakers to Introduce Medical Marijuana Legislation

Tuesday press conference will unveil proposal to allow qualified patients to obtain and use medical marijuana with doctor’s recommendation


Tomorrow, Maryland lawmakers, patients and advocates will hold a press
conference to announce the introduction of medical marijuana
legislation in the Maryland state legislature.

"This bill
will provide Maryland's doctors and patients with another tool in the
toolbox, to be used safely and responsibly like any other therapy,"
said Del. Dan Morhaim (D-Baltimore County), the bill's co-sponsor and a
physician board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency
Medicine. "I can't emphasize enough how important it is for patients to
have access to the medicines that work best for them, especially for
those suffering from serious ailments like cancer and multiple
sclerosis. Marijuana may provide the greatest possible relief, one that
can help when other therapies are not effective."

other states, including New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have
passed laws that give seriously ill patients safe access to medical
marijuana and protection from criminal prosecution. Maryland's current
law provides medical marijuana patients with a limited affirmative
defense in court, but no protection from arrest. Patients can still be
given a $100 fine that results in a criminal conviction.

"As a cancer
survivor, I feel that it shouldn't be the policy of this or any other
state to arrest, prosecute or imprison a person who uses marijuana
under a doctor's advice to alleviate pain and suffering," said Sen.
David Brinkley (R-Frederick County), the bill's co-sponsor in the
Senate. "We don't want the government to interfere with the
doctor/patient relationship in that way. I just watched my mother pass
away from cancer as she chose to forego the only options that doctors
could prescribe her to relieve her pain, because the treatments were so
excruciating. If you disagree with me, I ask: would you call the police
on a family member who confided in you that they were using marijuana
under a doctor's order to ease their suffering from cancer or MS?"

WHAT: Press conference to announce the introduction of a medical marijuana bill in Maryland

WHO: Maryland state lawmakers, patients and advocates

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Room 318 in the House Office Building in Annapo

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the number one organization in the U.S. legalizing cannabis. We passed 13 medical cannabis laws in the past 15 years, and we ran winning campaigns in eight of the 11 legalization states. No organization in the movement has changed as many cannabis laws, impacted as many patients and consumers, created as many new markets, or done more to end cannabis prohibition in the U.S. than MPP.