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Chair of Medical Marijuana Commission Says Bill Not Enough

March 21st, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The doctor who chairs Maryland's Medical Marijuana Commission says that he is worried a bill designed to expand the medical marijuana may not help as many patients as supporters would like to help. On Monday, the House of Delegates approved a bill to allow the state to certify individual doctors to give out the drug, which would be provided by one of 10 state certified marijuana growers. The bill is seen as an alternative to the state's law that took effect last October that allows academic medical centers to give marijuana to critically ill patients. None have signed up to do that. Doctor Paul Davies, who specializes in pain management, and who chairs the state’s commission, told WBAL News this bill doesn’t go far enough in helping patients. Davies said he doesn't believe that just 10 marijuana growers can meet the demand of patients, who use marijuana to treat cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy and other disease.

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