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Creation of medical cannabis industry heads into final stage

Creation of medical cannabis industry heads into final stage

The long-awaited rules governing the sale of medical marijuana in Maryland have entered the home stretch with their official printing Friday in the Maryland Register, a move that could make the drug available to patients sometime next year. Supporters of marijuana as a palliative medication have fought for years for legalization, and fixes to a state law initially passed in 2013 approved overwhelmingly earlier this year in the General Assembly. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed that legislation in May. The new measure struck a provision limiting the program to academic medical centers, which declined to participate. It also now refers to the drug by its official name, medical...

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