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Md. panel on medical pot eyes academic centers to run program
Md. panel on medical pot eyes academic centers to run program

As proposals take shape for a medical marijuana program in Maryland, the state is considering an approach that would put academic centers such as the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland at the helm as a way of closely monitoring the drug — and studying whether it is effective or safe for wide use. A state panel met Wednesday for the first time since being formed by the General Assembly with a relatively narrow focus: to study ways to regulate medical marijuana through a licensing agreement with a university. That conservative approach addresses objections from the state health secretary, who has cited concerns about the drug's effectiveness and the uncertainty...

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