There are other rea­sons for Mary­land’s ‘morass’

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Re­gard­ing the Aug. 9 ed­i­to­rial “Mary­land’s med­i­cal-mar­i­juana morass”:

The prob­lems of Mary­land’s med­i­cal cannabis sit­u­a­tion be­gan be­cause med­i­cal cannabis leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced be­tween 2002 and 2012 was blocked. Had any of those bills, none of which lim­ited the num­ber of grow­ers, been adopted, to­day’s prob­lems would have been avoided. To get some­thing done, com­pro­mise leg­is­la­tion was passed in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The orig­i­nal Med­i­cal Cannabis Com­mis­sion had too many mem­bers who did not know about med­i­cal cannabis and/or did not want to see an op­er­a­tional pro­gram. Th­ese are the cir­cum­stances that are re­spon­si­ble for to­day’s “morass.” The ed­i­to­rial said that I never pub­licly dis­closed my con­sult­ing with a med­i­cal cannabis com­pany, but I com­pleted all dis­clo­sure forms re­quired by law, and th­ese are pub­lic doc­u­ments.

Last, I have done no work for any med­i­cal cannabis com­pany since Oc­to­ber 2015, and I have no af­fil­i­a­tions of any type with any med­i­cal cannabis com­pany in Mary­land or in the United States. My only in­ter­est has been that Mary­land pa­tients get needed cannabis-based medicines in a safe, re­spon­si­ble and ef­fec­tive man­ner. I hope The Post turns its fo­cus to the deeper is­sues and his­tory of why Mary­land is stuck in a med­i­cal cannabis morass.

Dan Morhaim, Pikesville, Md. The writer, a Demo­crat, rep­re­sents part of Bal­ti­more County in the Mary­land House.

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