April 8, 2013
March 25, 2013(Key vote)
Title: Authorizes Medical Marijuana
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes a commission to regulate medical marijuana programs, effective October 1, 2013.
Establishes the independent Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to select academic medical research centers for operation of medical marijuana programs (Sec. 1).
Specifies that the commission will consist of the following 12 individuals (Sec. 1):
The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene or the secretary’s designee;
1 member of the public who supports the use of medical marijuana and is a current or former patient who found relief from medical marijuana use;
1 member of the public designated by the Maryland Chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence;
3 physicians licensed in the state who specialize in addiction, pain, oncology, neurology, or clinical research;
1 nurse licensed in the state who has experience in hospice care, nominated by a state research institution or trade association;
1 pharmacist licensed in the state, nominated by a state research institution or trade association;
1 scientist who has experience in the science of marijuana, nominated by a state research institution;
1 representative of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association;
1 representative of the Maryland Chiefs of Police; and
1 attorney who is knowledgeable about medical marijuana laws in the United States.
Requires the commission to request applications at least once a year from academic medical centers that are interested in operating medical marijuana programs (Sec. 1).
Requires an academic medical center to provide an application that includes, but is not limited to, the following information (Sec. 1):
The medical conditions to be treated under the program, proposed on the basis of evidence;
The criteria by which the academic medical center will select patients for the program;
The criteria by which health care provides will be eligible to participate in the program;
The method for monitoring data and outcomes of the program and publishing the results; and
The procedure the academic medical center will take to prevent and monitor for diversion.
Requires the commission to establish an application review process that includes reviewers with expertise in scientific research and analysis, medical training, and law enforcement (Sec. 1).
Authorizes the commission to grant a 1-year approval to a program, which may then by renewed by the commission (Sec. 1).
Prohibits the commission from approving more than 5 programs to operate at a time (Sec. 1).
Establishes a fund for the commission that includes the following (Sec. 1):
Money appropriated in the state budget to the fund; and
Money from donations or gifts accepted for the benefit of the fund.