ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly has approved a measure to allow medical marijuana programs at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.
The Senate passed a House of Delegates bill 42-4 on Monday with bipartisan support, sending the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
The measure includes a provision enabling the governor to suspend the program, if the federal government decides to prosecute state employees who administer it.
It’s not expected patients would be able to get marijuana under the program for several years, but the bill puts Maryland on the path to developing a framework to do so.