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What is Keeping Maryland from Passing a Medical Marijuana Law?
Previous efforts to pass medical marijuana legislation in Maryland all failed to make it out of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Del. Joseph F. Vallario , Jr., (D-Dist. 27A, Calvert and Prince George's Counties). In the past, Del. Vallario has expressed concern over legislation that might clash with federal law. But medical marijuana should no longer trigger such concerns following the October release of an Obama administration memo instructing federal prosecutors not to target medical marijuana patients or caregivers who obey state law.
Just last week, a poll conducted by Conquest Communications in Del. Vallario's House District showed support for passing this year's medical marijuana bill outnumbered opposition nearly 3-1.
"Sometimes in an election year you'll see politicians shy away from controversial issues, but these polls show there's nothing controversial anymore about medical marijuana – except maybe opposing it," said Dan Riffle, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project. "Now that the federal government has given the green light to states to enact medical marijuana laws, there should be nothing stopping Chariman Vallario and others here in Maryland from listening to the will of their constituents."