Legislation to allow academic centers to dispense medical marijuana is headed to the House of Delegates after two committees endorsed the proposal Wednesday.
The bill would allow doctors and nurses to give the drug to cancer patients, those with intractable pain and others.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration has backed what it called a "yellow-light approach" to medical marijuana.
A House committee earlier this month killed a broader proposal to create "compassionate care" centers to distribute medical marijuana.
Del. Dan Morhaim, a doctor, introduced the measure that passed the Health and Government Operations and Judiciary committees Wednesday.
Also this week, lawmakers heard testimony on legalizing pot in Maryland, a goal even the bill's sponsor said is a few years off. The Senate passed a measure that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of the drug.
An earlier version of this post misspelled Del. Dan Morhaim's name. The Sun regrets the error.