Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Defense Bill!

May 12, 2011 , , ,

Great news! Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed SB 308! As of June 1, patients in Maryland charged with possession of up to one ounce of marijuana who can show they’ve been diagnosed with a debilitating condition that is resistant to other treatments will be found “not guilty” if they demonstrate they’re likely to benefit from medical marijuana.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make this day possible. Del. Dan MorhaimSen. Jamie Raskin, and Sen. David Brinkley worked tirelessly to secure their colleagues’ support. Allied drug policy organizations were also instrumental in helping achieve this victory. Finally, and most importantly, brave patients and their loved ones came from all over the state to courageously share their stories with legislators and members of the media. We simply would not be here without their efforts.

This is a proud day for MPP. We’ve been leading the lobbying effort in Maryland for a decade, securing passage of the original Darrell Putman Compassionate Use Act, and now today’s improvement legislation. And we’ll be back next year to help pass a comprehensive law that includes legal access for patients and protection from arrest.

Thank you for all your support!

Dan Riffle, Former Del. Don Murphy, and Karen O'Keefe

5 responses to “Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Defense Bill!”

  1. GLAD TO SEE/READ about this happening. Thank you for your hard work! I am a 39 year old female who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 21. Marijuana has greatly helped me deal with the disease.

  2. That’s good news, but we really need to start working on making cannabis a First choice medicine, not a last resort because, or for only when we can’t find a pill, or some other deadly chemical concoction that works. Those pills have more than dangerous side affects, listen close to those TV ads and you are likely to hear the word Death among the possible side affects the voice rambles off way too fast. But at least we are making progress. It’s a tough job to re-educate people infected with a life long pile of lies thanks to Harry J. Anslinger and his kind. It was over 40 years ago now the first time someone told me the government prohibition on herbs was going to be revoked in a couple of years, or sooner.
    I am excited that some States are finally offering legal protections to patients from arrest and prosecution. Now IF Obama would only keep his promise and get the DEA and FBI etc. to stand down and stop arresting the sick and dying as well as their caregivers. How do they all sleep so well at night remains a deep mystery.

  3. yeah, i think this is a good thing. i would have loved to be able to eat when i had to deal with a year and half of kemo and this would have help. after the cancer went away and i was left with the pills and the pain of the damage that all that poison left behind. i found marijuana worked and i didnt get the with draws the hang over affect the feeling sick to your stomach. like pills did. also the longer you take pills the more depended you get and its not the same with marijuana. and i hate the fact that im killing my liver with pills. smoking marijuana can hurt your lungs but there is many heathy ways taking it. like eating it. i have nerve damage a decaying disk. nerve pain. acid refluxe. and more. and it help it all. i rather risk going to jail then have to kick another pain pill habbit that will stop working evently. so thankyou for fighting this and if you need someone to speck i will. i cant wait till i can med. in peace. and live with less pain and work and feel like i did before cancer put me in so much pain.

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