Amid the flurry of activity that accompanied the end of the 2016 General Assembly session in Annapolis, lawmakers passed a bill that would expand who can give out medical marijuana.
Under HB 104, more medical professionals can issue certificates for medical cannabis, meaning many will be able to use medical marijuana in their practice. The expanded list includes dentists, podiatrists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. The bill passed the Senate on the final day of the session. According to Americans for Safe Access, Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to sign off on the bill.
While there will be more medical practices allowed to use cannabis, the amount of spots growing the marijuana won’t be expanding. A separate bill would have allowed the state’s medical marijuana commission to dole out 10 additional licenses for growers. But the measure didn’t make it out of committee, so the maximum number of growers stands at 15.
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