Quick Facts:

Is medicinal cannabis legal? Yes

Is it recreational marijuana legal? No

In the state of Maryland, cannabis legalization means that patients who have been authorized a prescription by a state-approved physician are able to obtain medicinal marijuana from allocated dispensaries. These are supplied by licensed cannabis growers.

House Bill 881, an act concerning medicinal marijuana in Maryland, states that caregivers may also be able to act on behalf of their patient. Patients suffering from a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition are able to use weed. Cannabis legalization for medical reasons means that patients with illnesses such as anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe nausea, seizures, or muscle spasms are able to be prescribed pot.

The Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland is leading the charge for a sensible cannabis policy in the state alongside the Marijuana Policy Project. The new, updated 2014 laws mean that dispensaries and growers are now able to provide medical cannabis directly to registered patients.

On April 14, 2014, legislation to remove criminal penalties for the possession of cannabis in small quantities was signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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