Medical Marijuana Fees Stir Debate In Maryland

Health care leaders and entrepreneurs are competing for five licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York as patients seek improved access to the drug.

MARYLAND:  With Maryland’s proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana among the highest in the nation, some advocates warn that the steep costs could drive off applicants, crippling the nascent program and limiting access to treatment for tens of thousands of state residents. Prospective medical marijuana growers would have to pay $125,000 a Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Business Seminar Set For Next Week

Marijuana business owners plan to attend Oct 8 seminar to learn about Maryland's new medical law and the future of an industry that's expected to be worth more than $10 billion within five years.

MARYLAND:  Prospective marijuana business owners plan to attend a seminar to learn about Maryland’s new medical law and the future of an industry that’s expected to be worth more than $10 billion within five years. Maryland’s new medical marijuana law went into effect June 1. The law allows those with certain conditions to use medical Read the full article…

Maryland Set To Decriminalize Marijuana

possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana will now be a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 for a first offense, up to $250 for a second offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.

MARYLAND:  Maryland is set to become the latest state to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession. Beginning Wednesday, Maryland will join 17 other states and Washington, D.C. that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana possession. In addition, Missouri passed a similar bill this year, which will make it the 19th state to do so when it Read the full article…

Marijuana Commission Proposes $125,000 Grower Fees

It’s been five months since marijuana was legalized in D.C., and now there’s a public opportunity to show off, if you’ve been letting that liberty take root.

MARYLAND:  Running a medical marijuana operation could cost each grower more than $125,000 a year in fees, a sum so steep some officials believe it may shut out small businesses. Maryland’s medical marijuana commission is tentatively proposing that fee for each of the 15 potential growers envisioned for the state’s new program. The panel also Read the full article…

Maryland Pot Laws Change Oct. 1

NORML has long argued against regulations that limit or restrict patients' access to whole plant herbal cannabis.

MARYLAND:  Maryland’s marijuana laws change on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Along with that come changes — albeit not many — to the way police approach marijuana possession. In the last general assembly, lawmakers passed legislation that decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, making it a civil offense instead of a criminal offense. Civil Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Rules For Maryland Doctors Raise Concerns

Oregon on Monday issued a list of more than 250 pesticides cannabis growers may be able to use on their crops.

The list represents the first clear guidance from Oregon agriculture officials on what chemicals the state's marijuana industry may use to defeat mites, mold, mildew and other common pests and problems. Top state agriculture officials made clear that the list is a "starting spot" for marijuana growers, who still have to follow pesticide labels.

Lauren Henderson, assistant director of the agency, said regulators combed through more than 12,000 pesticides registered with the state to see which had labels broad enough to include cannabis. Ultimately, the agency came up with about 250 products. The list will be reviewed quarterly, said Henderson.

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 Read the full article…

Gov. O’Malley To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Adams County selected 10 entrepreneurs by lottery Tuesday afternoon to begin the process to open a marijuana business.

MARYLAND:  A busy day in Annapolis Monday. Governor Martin O’Malley will sign off on big changes to the state’s marijuana law, even though there’s still heated opposition. Senate Bill 364 is one of more than 100 bills the governor will sign Monday. Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley will sign a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Read the full article…

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, He Says

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MARYLAND:  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon. The bill would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug. Read the full article…

Maryland House Of Delegates Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Del. Kieffer Mitchell Jr.

MARYLAND: It’s not a law yet, but it’s right on the edge. If the governor goes along, getting busted for pot won’t mean jail, provided those joints don’t contain to too much marijuana. Right now in Maryland, if you’re caught with enough marijuana to roll one joint or enough to fill a greenhouse, it’s a criminal Read the full article…

Maryland House Panel Rejects Marijuana Decriminalization, Sets Study

Ending prohibition is not a liberal-conservative battle. It is a fundamental right.

MARYLAND: Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense. Instead, the committee amended the Senate-passed decriminalization bill to turn it into a measure setting up a task force to Read the full article…