Maryland Medical Marijuana Program Still 18 Months Away

MARYLAND:  The chairman of a commission set up to oversee the implementation of a medical marijuana program told lawmakers Thursday that the initiative is at least 18 months away from offering pain relief to the first patients.

Even with that much time, it is by no means certain that the program will get off the ground, said Dr. Paul W. Davies, a pain relief specialist who heads the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. The panel is charged with writing the rules for the program, which limits the program to five academic medical centers.

Davies told the House’s marijuana work group that even under the best-case scenario it would take 1 1/2 to 2 years after July 1 for a medical center to set up a program and to make an arrangement for a grower to provide the marijuana.


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