Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission plans to release a second draft of regulations to create the state’s medical marijuana program. Eighty-one pages of rules have been reshaped after the first draft came under fire at a public hearing last month.
A few of the changes include:
- removal of a provision that would have outlawed a grower or dispensary operation within Baltimore city limits.
- creation of a digital registry of medical marijuana patients to help assure that the drug is distributed only to eligible customers.
- access for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
Missing from the revisions, however, are details about how much patients and distributors will pay to take part in the program. The legislature passed a medical marijuana law this year that allows for up to 15 growers and about 100 dispensaries across the state. It is up to the medical marijuana commission to decide how to implement the law.
The commission has a Monday deadline to prepare regulations, which will be sent to state health secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein for review and then to a legislative panel.
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