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Maryland Reversing Stance On Medical Marijuana

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is reversing course on medical marijuana. The state's health and mental hygiene secretary is now expressing support for a measure to allow medical marijuana in Maryland.

Sec. Joshua Sharfstein told lawmakers yesterday the O'Malley administration has changed its position because the federal government has not brought charges against any state employees in other states who have been involved with distributing medical marijuana.

Last year, the administration didn't support a similar proposal, due to concerns about potential federal prosecution of state employees.

Baltimore County Del. Dan Morhaim is sponsoring a bill that creates a commission to oversee a medical marijuana program at academic medical centers.

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The Politics Hour - September 30, 2016

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