Medical Marijuana

Map: Medical marijuana dispensaries open in Maryland
  • AG Frosh joins call for allowing banks to support medical marijuana

    AG Frosh joins call for allowing banks to support medical marijuana

    Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and other state attorneys general want Congress to support legislation that would open the banking system to the medical or recreational marijuana business in states where those industries are legal. In states that have legalized use, the industry has operated...

  • Here's how to fix Md.'s medical marijuana program

    Here's how to fix Md.'s medical marijuana program

    It’s no surprise that an effort to overhaul Maryland’s medical marijuana law and to help bring more diversity to the roster of state licensed growers is proving contentious. There’s far too much money at stake for it to be any other way. Nonetheless, there is no reason lawmakers can’t move forward...

  • Medical marijuana compromise hits snags over timing, moratorium

    Medical marijuana compromise hits snags over timing, moratorium

    Maryland lawmakers ran into controversy immediately Monday as they opened debate on how to reshape the state’s medical marijuana industry to include cannabis firms led by African-Americans. While General Assembly and marijuana industry leaders widely agree it’s unacceptable that none of the 15...

  • Some Maryland patients will face a choice: medical marijuana or their gun

    Some Maryland patients will face a choice: medical marijuana or their gun

    Now that medical marijuana is legally available in Maryland, some who want to use the drug to manage health problems face a dilemma: To get the pot, they surrender their right to own a gun. The question arises because marijuana, even for medicinal purposes, is still illegal under federal law. Authorities...

  • Taxes, health, homicides top General Assembly session agenda

    Taxes, health, homicides top General Assembly session agenda

    Congress and the Trump administration will force Maryland’s political leaders to forgo their election-year tradition of limiting controversy when the General Assembly meets this week. Instead, state lawmakers gathering Wednesday in Annapolis for the 2018 session will wade into the messy business...

  • Some top issues for the 2018 General Assembly

    Some top issues for the 2018 General Assembly

    Medical marijuana: As 2017 ended, it appeared the Senate and House might be close to striking a deal on how to increase the number of growers’ licenses in a way that gave minority businesses a foothold in the industry. Then Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a federal crackdown, putting all...

  • Sessions' reefer madness

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions says state U.S. attorneys should use their discretion in deciding what resources to bring to his new war on legalized marijuana, taking into account “federal law enforcement priorities set by the attorney general, the seriousness of the crime, the deterrent effect...

  • Trump policy change on marijuana raises questions in Maryland

    Trump policy change on marijuana raises questions in Maryland

    The Trump administration announced Thursday that it was rescinding an Obama-era policy that had allowed states to legalize marijuana, raising questions about how Maryland's fledgling medical cannabis industry might be affected. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo saying that federal...

  • Annapolis bank is one of the first in Maryland to accept medical cannabis business

    Annapolis bank is one of the first in Maryland to accept medical cannabis business

    An Annapolis-based community bank has become one of the first financial institutions in the state to allow medical marijuana businesses to open accounts and avoid running cash-only operations. Severn Bank decided shortly after the state legalized marijuana for medical use in 2013 that the fledgling...

  • When Baltimoreans had Rx for whiskey

    When Baltimoreans had Rx for whiskey

    As medical marijuana dispensaries make their first appearance in the state, it’s worth remembering a time when prescription alcohol flowed in the cups of Marylanders. The Prohibition years from 1920-1933 saw a glut of doctor-prescribed alcohol across the United States. None other than famously...

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