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Bill to allow medical marijuana in Maryland to have hearing

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers are holding a hearing on a measure to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland.

The bill will get a hearing Monday afternoon in Annapolis.

Last year, the state Senate approved a measure to allow state-licensed pharmacies and dispensaries to give marijuana to patients whose physicians could attest other treatments weren’t working. The House wanted more time to study the measure.

In 2003, Maryland approved a law limiting sentencing to a $100 fine for people who use marijuana if they have a medical excuse. But critics say that still drives people whose pain could be alleviated by marijuana into alleys to buy from drug dealers.