Maryland (MD) Medical Marijuana Laws
Senate Bill 502 was signed into law in 2003, establishing a medical marijuana affirmative defense law. This is perhaps the least accommodating of all state medical marijuana laws. It allows a patient to defend against possession or cultivation charges post-arrest if he or she is able to successfully argue at trial that use of marijuana is a medical necessity. Even if successful, patients may still be subject to a $100 fine and a misdemeanor for possession.
- No guidelines are established by Maryland’s medical marijuana law other than an affirmative defense at trial.
- Statute: Maryland Code Ann., Crim. Law 5-601(c)(3)(II)