According to the Baltimore Sun, only 172 of 16000 doctors in Maryland have registered to be able to recommend patients for medical marijuana, and two of the state’s largest hospital systems, LifeBridge and MedStar, have banned their physicians from participating. Other medical providers, including Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente, are still devising policies on medical marijuana.
The Maryland program is limited to patients with chronic diseases such as post traumatic stress disorder and glaucoma, debilitating medical conditions that require hospice or palliative care, and severe conditions that cause symptoms such as nausea, pain, seizures or wasting. It is expected to roll out next year. For more information, visit the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website.