MARYLAND: Proposed rules for Maryland‘s nascent medical marijuana system are drawing objections from a leading advocate, who says the regulations could discourage doctors from participating.
Del. Dan K. Morhaim, one of the chief sponsors of the legislation, criticized the draft regulations for requiring training and continued education in the medical use of marijuana for physicians who want to help their patients access the drug.
“Please don’t create any barriers for physicians,” Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat and the General Assembly’s only physician, told the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission at a hearing this week.
Morhaim warned that requiring continuing medical education could deter doctors because, he said, courses on marijuana are not readily available. He also questioned the need for doctors to take periodic courses on marijuana when they don’t have to do so for more dangerous drugs they prescribe.