Lawmakers Discuss Making Medical Marijuana Legal

March 04, 2007

Mike Hellgren, WJZ (Baltimore)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. Lawmakers are discussing making medical marijuana legal. If the drug becomes legal it would decriminalize its use for those with medical conditions including cancer, HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Glaucoma and there would be restrictions on who could get the drug.

Mike Hellgren reports no one with with a felony or drug conviction could obtain the drug. People who are prescribed the drug could only get 2.5 ounces or 12 plants.

One supporter was not shy about lighting up, in public near the State House Tuesday.

"This is normal medicine it's like a diabetic injecting insulin," said Irvin Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld says it relaxes his muscles and releases pain from a debilitating medical condition. "I had bone tumors throughout my body," adds Rosenfeld.

The controversy stems from House Bill 1040. This bill would establish a registry of medical marijuana users, allow judges to review who's on the list, and it would have no penalties for doctors who prescribe it.

Employees who use the drug, would be prevented from job and employment discrimination.

Eleven states currently allow medical marijuana use with no penalties.

The bill is still in committee so we will have to wait and see if marijuana will be approved.

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