Md. Lawmakers Advance Protection for Medicinal Marijuana

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    The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill protecting medicinal marijuana use on Saturday night.

    A measure that would give Maryland residents who use marijuana for medical reasons a new defense with a doctor's approval has been approved by the House of Delegates.

    The House passed the bill on Saturday. It would enable someone to avoid a $100 fine and misdemeanor conviction, if a doctor says the drug were being used for medical reasons.

    A doctor's note, testimony from a doctor or medical records could be used by someone in defense to avoid a conviction.      

    The Senate already has passed a bill, but the House made a change that the Senate would need to adopt Monday to send the bill to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. The measure also includes plans to study medical marijuana in Maryland.