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Senate to debate medical marijuana bill

April 08, 2010

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Maryland's Senate is expected to consider legislation on the floor that would legalize medical marijuana.

Senators could debate the measure as early as Thursday. The bill would allow pharmacies to distribute marijuana to patients who receive authorization from a physician with whom they have had ongoing medical relationships. It would also recategorize marijuana as a highly regulated pain medication like morphine, according to bill sponsor Sen. David Brinkley, instead of keeping it in the same category of drugs like heroin.

The bill has bipartisan support from Democratic Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and Senate GOP leader Allan Kittleman. Members of two House of Delegates committees have formed a working group to evaluate a similar measure.

On the Net:

Senate Bill 627: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/fnotes/bil_0007/sb0627.pdf

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