Md. Health Secretary Opposes Medical Marijuana Bill

Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:45 PM EDT
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Md. Health Secretary Opposes Medical Marijuana Bill

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Maryland's health secretary said he opposes legislation as currently drafted to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, head of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told a panel of lawmakers Monday that there are several challenges to implementing the measure.

Sharfstein said the bill would require a separate office be established and oversight of the system would require a significant investment in infrastructure.

Delegate Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, said he's ready to work with the department to address the secretary's concerns.

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