For many people in Montgomery County and across Maryland living with serious medical conditions, medical marijuana provides relief from the chronic pain and constant discomfort caused by their poor health. Despite Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's enactment of legislation that no longer made it a crime for patients to receive medical marijuana, many patients are still arrested and prosecuted for marijuana drug crimes. Now, a representative from Baltimore County has submitted two bills to the state House of Representatives that would protect patients that have a medical need for marijuana.
With the somewhat recent legalization of medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., there are still some unanswered questions of how marijuana can be sold when marijuana distribution is still a federal drug crime. While District medical marijuana growers haven't run into this problem yet, distributors in several of the 16 states in which medical marijuana is legal have had trouble working with banks. Many banks are hesitant to deposit money from marijuana dispensaries because it is unclear whether the federal government may classify it as money laundering.