There are other reasons for Maryland’s ‘morass’
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.