The Maryland Senate approved a medical marijuana bill Monday that Gov. Martin O’Malley has indicated he will sign into law.
By a vote of 42-4, the state Senate approved the bipartisan measure, already passed in the House of Delegates by a vote of 108-28 last month. Maryland Health Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein supports the measure as well.
“This marks a major step forward for Maryland medical marijuana patients and their families,” said Dan Riffle, deputy director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement after the proposal passed in the state Senate. “The Assembly's overwhelming support for this important legislation reflects that of the people of Maryland and the nation as a whole. The time has come to allow seriously ill people to obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors believe it will help them.”
The House version of the legislation,...