Delegate Dan Morhaim of the Maryland House of Delegates, the only doctor in the Maryland legislature, has introduced legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Maryland Senate attempted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in April 2010, but the House of Delegates asked for more time to study the measure, and the Senate bill never became law.
The experienced Maryland attorneys at Brassel, Alexander & Rice handle the defense of individuals charged with the possession or distribution of controlled substances, such as marijuana.
Under the new legislation, a medical patient could get a maximum of 6 ounces of marijuana every 30 days. The legislation is a complicated bill that regulates the entirety of the dispensary process. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) would have to license dispensaries and establish registries of patients. Each patient prescribed medical marijuana would receive a photo ID from the DHMH, and would have to register to receive their medical marijuana from a single dispensary. DHMH would also regulate prices for the medical marijuana dispensed through the system, and would keep records on the system’s operation.
Until the bill becomes law, it continues to be illegal in the State of Maryland to possess marijuana, for medical purposes or otherwise. Also, the new legislation would not provide a defense for the use of marijuana for non-medical purposes, or for the use of other drugs. If you are charged with a crime related to the possession or distribution of controlled substances, the experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Brassel, Alexander & Rice can provide the representation you need in fighting those charges.