The state of Maryland legalized medical marijuana all the way back in 2013. But it's only this week that residents of the state finally received access to cannabis.
Maryland's medical marijuana saga begins in 2013, when the state legislature passed a law allowing its use. Unfortunately, the original bill only allowed cannabis to be prescribed by academic medical centers, and none of the qualified institutions in the state applied to enter the program. Therefore, in 2014 the legislature had to revise the bill to allow licensed doctors to prescribe marijuana.
The state still needed to hash out other aspects of the law over the years, including who could grow and sell the actual marijuana and what conditions would be eligible for cannabis. As of now, there are 19 companies in Maryland who are authorized to grow marijuana.
On the bright side, Maryland actually has one of the more liberal medical marijuana policies in the nation when it comes to qualifying conditions. As of now, patients are eligible for medical marijuana if they're diagnosed with cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, chronic or severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. That's a pretty long list and much larger than those in more progressive states such as New York.
Let's hope medical marijuana is a success to help pave the way for possible recreational use!