Md. House gives initial OK to medical pot bill


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure designed to make Maryland's medical marijuana law effective has moved a step forward in the Maryland House of Delegates.

The House gave the measure initial approval on Saturday to get the bill on track to pass the House before a Monday deadline for legislation to clear a chamber in the Legislature.

The bill makes a significant change to Maryland's law by allowing certified doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Doctors would need to be on staff at a hospital or hospice program and register with a state commission to make marijuana available.

The state enacted a medical marijuana law last year. However, it has not been effective so far because it requires academic medical centers to distribute marijuana to patients, and none have stepped forward to do so.

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