The Maryland House passed a slew of bills during two floor sessions yesterday.
Delegates approved a significant change to the state's medical marijuana program that was first passed last year. It would allow certified doctors to recommend that their patients receive marijuana for medicinal purposes. The current Maryland law has stalled, because the framework requires academic medical centers to run the programs. None have stepped forward to do so as yet.
Meanwhile, the "Second Chance Act" was also approved by the House, though with major changes. Earlier yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee amended the bill, which shields some nonviolent criminal records from public view. The committee changed the measure so that it only applies to listing crimes on a state website. Members of the public and employers would still be able to pull court records on request. Supporters say its main purpose is to help people who have had nonviolent criminal misdemeanors get jobs by shielding records.