Medical marijuana rules a work in progress [Letter]

September 04, 2014

As members of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission's policy subcommittee, we are honored to be able to serve our fellow citizens to develop a program that makes medical marijuana available to those Marylanders who have not found relief from conventional treatments and may benefit from its many medicinal uses in a safe, affordable manner ("Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire," Aug. 27).

As we have been writing the regulations to implement this new law, we are very mindful to balance the concerns of the General Assembly to assure ease of access for the patient and provide necessary security safeguards. To aid our drafting process we chose the unusual step to release to the public informal drafts of our concepts for public comment. Indeed, the recent article and subsequent editorial ("A medicinal plant," Aug. 28) in The Baltimore Sun highlighted our process.

We have been considering all of the comments, and they have been extremely helpful and insightful. As a result of the public comments, the policy subcommittee has incorporated many of those recommendations into our draft regulations. We thank everyone who has taken the time to attend meetings, send comments or call the commission to express their opinion.

We are dedicated to developing a medical marijuana program that will avoid many of the problems that have been encountered in other states and that will become a model for other states as they develop their programs.

Eric E. Sterling, Deborah Miran, Col. H. "Buddy" Robshaw, Cristina Paul, William "Chris" Charles and Paul W. Davies

The writers are members of the policy subcommittee of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission.

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