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SB 580 - Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana - Maryland Key Vote

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Title: Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana

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Title: Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands affirmative defense to include a caregiver providing medical marijuana, effective June 1, 2013.

Highlights:

  • Expands affirmative defense to include a “caregiver” charged with the possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “caregiver” as an individual providing medical assistance to a patient with a debilitating medical condition and who meets certain requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • The individual is a resident of Maryland and at least 21 years old;
    • The individual is an immediate family member, a spouse, or a domestic partner of the patient;
    • The individual has not been convicted of a crime of violence; 
    • The individual has not been convicted of a violation of a state or federal controlled dangerous substances law; and
    • The individual is the only caregiver assigned by the patient.

Title: Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana

Title: Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana

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