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Pittsburgh City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Tomorrow

Pittsburgh City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Tomorrow

PITTSBURGH, PA —  The Pittsburgh City Council will host a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city on Tuesday.

The hearing, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Tuesday, December 15 in the Council Chambers, located on the 5th Floor of the City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh.

The proposed ordinance was introduced by District 6 Councilman and Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle in November.  If passed, the proposal will allow police in the city the option to cite individuals found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, instead of arresting them and charging them with a criminal offense.

Local advocates at Pittsburgh NORML, who have been working with Councilman Lavelle to craft the proposal, say the ordinance would create a civil fine of $25 for possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish.  The fine would increase to $100 if an individual is openly possessing marijuana, including smoking in public.

The proposal is modeled after a measure was successfully enacted last year in Philadelphia, where advocates from Philly NORML worked with then-councilman Jim Kenney — now the mayor-elect — to craft and pass the ordinance.

Instead of placing an offender under arrest, police would confiscate the offender’s marijuana and issue a civil violation, similar to a parking ticket, provided the offender is not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

Under Pennsylvania state law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

According to Pittsburgh NORML, about 1,000 people are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Pittsburgh each year. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings, says the organization.  Pittsburgh NORML’s executive director is a criminal defense attorney in the city.

Despite similar usage rates between races, blacks are much more likely to be arrested for minor marijuana possession offenses — at a rate of five to one compared to whites.

Last year, Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, passed a similar ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession, which has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

With support from at least six of nine Pittsburgh city council members, the ordinance is expected to pass.

“We are very excited that Pittsburgh will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and others across the country and embrace cannabis reform,” says Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML.  “Through the leadership of Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation Pittsburgh will no longer prioritize cannabis prosecution. Recreational and medicinal consumers in our great City can at least know that their police are not interested in arresting them and potentially ruining their lives over the possession of a simple, non-toxic plant.”

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, behind only Philadelphia.  Combined, the two cities represent over ten percent of the state’s population.  Advocates hope state lawmakers in Harrisburg will take action to pass a similar measure statewide, but with conservative Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, such legislation is doubtful.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local cities enacting similar laws to reduce simple marijuana possession penalties, including Chicago, Detroit and Washington, DC.

The full text of the Pittsburgh proposal can be viewed here.


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Cities See Major Decline In Marijuana Possession Arrests

Cities See Major Decline In Marijuana Possession Arrests

Marijuana possession arrests are significantly declining in New York City and Washington, DC – two jurisdictions that previously led the nation in per capita cannabis arrests.

NEW YORK, NY — Marijuana possession arrests are significantly declining in New York City and Washington, DC – two jurisdictions that previously led the nation in per capita cannabis arrests.

New York City police have made 40 percent fewer arrests for marijuana violations in 2015 compared to this same time last year, according to statistics released from the state’s Division of Criminal Justice. The change follows a pledge made last year by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner to reduce citywide marijuana possession arrests, which previously averaged some 30,000 per year.

Marijuana arrests in Washington, DC have also plummeted in 2015. As of November 2, District police have made only seven arrests for marijuana violations – a reduction of more than 99 percent from the previous year.

Last November, over 70 percent of District voters passed I-71, a citywide ballot measure removing criminal and civil penalties regarding the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to six plants.

Statewide arrests for marijuana-related offenses similarly fell in Colorado and Washington following the passage of retail regulation measures in 2012. In Colorado, the total number of charges filed in Colorado courts for marijuana possession, distribution, and cultivation fell from 38,878 in 2010 to 2,036 in 2014, a reduction of some 95 percent. In Washington, the percentage of marijuana-related convictions fell more than 80 percent between the years 2011 and 2014.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Rally in Cranberry on Saturday

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Rally in Cranberry on Saturday

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society (PAMCS), along with many concerned state residents, including those suffering from diseases which could be treated with medical cannabis and their families, will be rallying at the Regional Learning Alliance and Conference Center, in Cranberry Township on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 4 pm.

More than two weeks ago, the House Rules Committee voted to place SB3 on the legislative calendar, but it still has not received a vote.

“While we support Leader Dave Reed’s efforts to gain consensus within his caucus, it’s now time to go forward with a clean bill that is not hobbled by unnecessary amendments,” said PAMCS Executive Director, Patrick Nightingale.

Patients and their families were repeatedly promised a medical cannabis bill would be passed this year and that it would not to be a part of the Budget negotiations.

“Every time there is a delay in moving SB3, they tell us that they are consumed with the Budget. In the meantime, they passed over 15 bills since October 31st,” said Heather Shuker, mother of 12 year old Hannah, who has intractable epilepsy.

Along with Nightingale and Shuker, other speakers will include:

  • Dr. Cyril Wecht, renowned pathologist, on the latest medical research
  • Brandon Genescritti, a little person who uses medical cannabis to treat his chronic pain due to renal failure
  • Rich and Becky Witwer, parents of Grace, who died Nov. 11th from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)
  • Joe McGurk, father of 2 beautiful girls who both suffer from a catastrophic form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome
  • Lolly Bentch, Co-founder of Campaign for Compassion, and mother of Anna who suffers from severe epilepsy

The PAMCS strongly encourages any Pennsylvanians who support Medical Cannabis to attend. With Gov. Wolf ready to sign a bill that gets to his desk, a bill that best supports the patients who need it is the organization’s primary goal.

“We need to make sure that the bill that gets to the Governor’s is worth the effort and worth him signing it,” adds Nightingale.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, visit www.pamcs.org.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Pittsburgh City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

Pittsburgh City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

PITTSBURGH, PA —  The Pittsburgh City Council will host a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city later this month.

The hearing, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Tuesday, December 15 in the Council Chambers, located on the 5th Floor of the City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh.

The proposed ordinance was introduced by District 6 Councilman and Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle in November.  If passed, the proposal will allow police in the city the option to cite individuals found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, instead of arresting them and charging them with a criminal offense.

Local advocates at Pittsburgh NORML, who have been working with Councilman Lavelle to craft the proposal, say the ordinance would create a civil fine of $25 for possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish.  The fine would increase to $100 if an individual is openly possessing marijuana, including smoking in public.

The proposal is modeled after a measure was successfully enacted last year in Philadelphia, where advocates from Philly NORML worked with then-councilman Jim Kenney — now the mayor-elect — to craft and pass the ordinance.

Instead of placing an offender under arrest, police would confiscate the offender’s marijuana and issue a civil violation, similar to a parking ticket, provided the offender is not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

Under Pennsylvania state law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

According to Pittsburgh NORML, about 1,000 people are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Pittsburgh each year. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings, says the organization.  Pittsburgh NORML’s executive director is a criminal defense attorney in the city.

Despite similar usage rates between races, blacks are much more likely to be arrested for minor marijuana possession offenses — at a rate of five to one compared to whites.

Last year, Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, passed a similar ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession, which has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

With support from at least six of nine Pittsburgh city council members, the ordinance is expected to pass.

“We are very excited that Pittsburgh will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and others across the country and embrace cannabis reform,” says Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML.  “Through the leadership of Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation Pittsburgh will no longer prioritize cannabis prosecution. Recreational and medicinal consumers in our great City can at least know that their police are not interested in arresting them and potentially ruining their lives over the possession of a simple, non-toxic plant.”

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, behind only Philadelphia.  Combined, the two cities represent over ten percent of the state’s population.  Advocates hope state lawmakers in Harrisburg will take action to pass a similar measure statewide, but with conservative Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, such legislation is doubtful.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local cities enacting similar laws to reduce simple marijuana possession penalties, including Chicago, Detroit and Washington, DC.

The full text of the Pittsburgh proposal can be viewed here.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Moves Out of Committee

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Moves Out of Committee

HARRISBURG, PA — After months of delays, lawmakers in a key Pennsylvania committee voted to send a medical marijuana bill to the floor of the House for a vote.

In a roll-call vote of 25-8 Wednesday afternoon, Senate Bill 3 was passed by the House Rules Committee.  The bill, which was approved by the Senate in May, sending the bill to the floor of the House for full consideration by lawmakers.

All eight “no” votes came from Republican lawmakers, but ten Republicans voted yes, including committee chair Dave Reed, along with all 15 Democrats.

There is no word when — or if —  the full House will vote on the bill.

Senate Bill 3 was introduced by Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County).  In May, the Senate voted 40 to 7 to approve Senate Bill 3.

Governor Tom Wolf supports allowing access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, and is expected to sign the bill if it passes.

Medical marijuana has strong support among Pennsylvania residents, with polls consistently showing overwhelming support.  A Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released in April found 88% support for medical marijuana among likely Pennsylvania voters.

A more conservative poll released in March by Robert Morris University found 67.5% support, an increase from 56% last year.  An August 2014 poll recorded 69% support for medical marijuana, and a separate July 2014 poll found 84% support.

Two individual polls from March 2015, one conducted by the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics, and the other by Quinnipiac University, found 85% support.

The current version of the bill can be found here.


This is a developing story. We will continue to update this article as more details become available.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Pittsburgh City Council to Consider Ordinance Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Pittsburgh City Council to Consider Ordinance Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

PITTSBURGH, PA — On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Councilman and Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle is expected to introduce an ordinance that will allow police in the city the option to cite individuals found in possession of a small amount of marijuana, instead of arresting them and charging them with a criminal offense.

Local advocates at Pittsburgh NORML, who have been working with Councilman Lavelle to craft the proposal, say the ordinance would create a civil fine of $25 for possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish.  The fine would increase to $100 if an individual is openly possessing marijuana, including smoking in public.

The proposal is modeled after a measure was successfully enacted last year in Philadelphia, where advocates from Philly NORML worked with then-councilman Jim Kenney — now the mayor-elect — to craft and pass the ordinance.

Instead of placing an offender under arrest, police would confiscate the offender’s marijuana and issue a civil violation, similar to a parking ticket, provided the offender is not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

 Under Pennsylvania state law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

According to Pittsburgh NORML, about 1,000 people are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Pittsburgh each year. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings, says the organization.  Pittsburgh NORML’s executive director is a criminal defense attorney in the city.

Despite similar usage rates between races, blacks are much more likely to be arrested for minor marijuana possession offenses — at a rate of five to one compared to whites.

Last year, Philadelphia became the largest city in the United States to pass a local ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession, which has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

With support from at least six of nine Pittsburgh city council members, the ordinance is expected to pass.

“We are very excited that Pittsburgh will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and others across the country and embrace cannabis reform,” says Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML.  “Through the leadership of Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation Pittsburgh will no longer prioritize cannabis prosecution. Recreational and medicinal consumers in our great City can at least know that their police are not interested in arresting them and potentially ruining their lives over the possession of a simple, non-toxic plant.”

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, behind only to Philadelphia.  Combined, the two cities represent over ten percent of the state’s population.  Advocates hope state lawmakers in Harrisburg will take action to pass a similar measure statewide, but with conservative Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, such legislation is doubtful.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local cities enacting similar laws to reduce simple marijuana possession penalties, including Chicago, Detroit and Washington, DC.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

New York Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

New York Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

Patients and Families Applaud Gov. Cuomo and Call on Health Department to Implement Law Quickly and Get Medicine to Critically Ill Patients

NEW YORK, NY — After months of pressure from patients and advocates, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday that will expedite access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients in the Empire State.

In June, with overwhelming bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature passed A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), directing the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

The bill was delivered to Governor on October 30th, and he had until Wednesday to either sign or veto the bill. The bill instructs the state to issue patient cards to qualified, critically ill patients as soon as possible, making it clear that they are medical marijuana patients and affording them some protection from law enforcement and child protective services.

Yesterday, patients, families, and advocates rallied outside Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office to urge the governor to sign the bill. People living with HIV/AIDS and community organizing groups like VOCAL NY and ACT UP stood in solidarity with those advocating for emergency access outside the Governor’s Office, recalling a time when they were also denied access to life-saving medications.

“I am so very relieved that Governor Cuomo has signed this bill,” said Missy Miller of Atlantic Beach, whose son Oliver suffers from life-threatening seizures.  “I once again have hope that I will be able to offer my son the chance at significant relief. This gives Oliver and the truly sickest patients across NY the opportunity to get access to medical marijuana expeditiously, thereby relieving suffering. This has been an incredibly long and difficult process, but I have renewed faith in my home state.  This will become real to me when Oliver gets the medicine he needs.”

Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not one patient in New York has been able to access medical marijuana. Tragically, at least four children who would have likely benefited from it have died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

Just last month, longtime medical marijuana advocate Beverly McClain, who had metastatic cancer, passed away without ever benefiting from the law she helped pass.

New York’s medical marijuana program is slated to become operational in January of 2016, but some fear that program will not come on line as scheduled. The state has yet to launch a system for patients to register and just unveiled the mandatory doctor training in mid-October.

Recent media accounts suggest that several of the planned dispensaries are having trouble finalizing sites. With only 20 dispensaries statewide for almost 20 million people across 54,000 square miles, the failure of even one dispensary to open is problematic, especially to those who are critically ill.

“We’re heartened that Governor Cuomo did the right thing and signed this emergency bill,” said Julie Netherland, New York deputy state director at the Drug Policy Alliance.  “Patients in New York are suffering, and some patients’ lives are at risk every day they are forced to wait.  There’s no real victory until critically ill patients get their medicine.”


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Nation’s Capital Sees Massive Reduction in Marijuana Arrests

Nation’s Capital Sees Massive Reduction in Marijuana Arrests

The number of annual arrests for marijuana in Washington DC dropped from 895 in 2014 to just 7 so far in 2015.

The results are in from Washington, D.C. one year after 70% of the voters chose to end cannabis prohibition: A nearly 100% reduction in marijuana-related arrests!

According to the Washington City Paper, the number of annual arrests for marijuana dropped from 895 in 2014 to 7 so far in 2015 (a 99.4% reduction in arrests; an even greater percentage drop in marijuana-related arrests occurred between 2013 and now, when there were 1,215 arrests).

This dramatic reduction in marijuana arrests is consistent with the prior experience in the other states where voters have cast off unpopular cannabis prohibition laws. Post prohibition, arrest rates for marijuana-related offenses in Colorado and Washington State dropped from nearly 12,ooo annually to <200.

Washington, D.C.’s huge reduction in arrest rates is a result of not legalized marijuana (where it is legal to cultivate and sell marijuana, and the government regulates and taxes the production and sale of marijuana products).

Instead, in the nation’s capital cannabis has been fully de-penalized where adults can cultivate a personal amount of marijuana and possess up to two ounces, but, there is no legal source to purchase marijuana and the government derives no taxes (however, Washington, D.C. does have medical marijuana laws, where approximately 8,000 registered medical patients who’re qualified can legally purchase marijuana products at up to four retail locations).


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Time is Running Out for PA House to Act on Medical Marijuana

Time is Running Out for PA House to Act on Medical Marijuana

It has been almost six months since the Senate passed sensible medical cannabis legislation. Seriously ill patients have been suffering while waiting for the House to take action. They should not have to wait one more day.

HARRISBURG, PA — With very few session days remaining this year, Republican leadership in Pennsylvania still has not introduced medical marijuana legislation in the House. Early reports about the contents of the draft still raise serious concerns — including a 10% THC cap, an explicit prohibition on dried flowers and plants, and no immediate legal protections for patients.

It has been almost six months since the Senate passed sensible medical cannabis legislation. Seriously ill patients have been suffering while waiting for the House to take action. They should not have to wait one more day.

It is time for the House to vote on comprehensive and compassionate medical marijuana legislation. Let them know that Pennsylvanians are tired of waiting. They need to do it right! Do it now! Let them know that compassionate use legislation should be focused on the needs of patients and not politics as usual.

Urge them to tell leadership our concerns and to demand safe and affordable access for Pennsylvania’s most fragile citizens.

If you are a Pennsylvania resident, please call your representative today! Let him or her know it is critical that these problems are addressed and the bill is brought to the floor for a vote immediately. You can click here to find your representative’s contact information along with talking points to guide your call.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Patients to Rally at New York Governor’s Office for Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana

Patients to Rally at New York Governor’s Office for Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana

Bill That Would Provide Faster Relief to Suffering Patients Passed NYS Legislature with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support But Needs Cuomo’s Signature to Become Law

NEW YORK, NY — One day before the deadline for Governor Cuomo to sign or veto a bill that would create emergency access to medical marijuana, patients and advocates will rally outside his office to demand action.

  • When: Tuesday, November 10th, 10:00 AM
  • Where: Outside Governor Cuomo’s NYC Offices; 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not one patient in New York has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children, who could have likely benefited from it, have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

The emergency access bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the New York State legislature last June and delivered to Governor Cuomo on October 30th. He has ten days to sign or veto the bill, making the deadline for action November 11th.

Since last July, advocates have been pressuring the Cuomo Administration to create an interim emergency access program for patients who may not survive the eighteen months or longer that the Governor has said he needs to get the full medical marijuana program up and running. After the Governor’s Office failed to take action, advocates turned to the legislature.

“We’ve been waiting an outrageous 15 months for expedited access to medical marijuana,” said Missy Miller of Atlantic Beach, whose son Oliver suffers from life-threatening seizures. “Every day we wait is a day I watch my son lose ground. We can’t afford any more delays. And delays seem likely considering I have not heard even one word about how to register my son for this program and many of the dispensaries are having difficulties securing their sites. Governor Cuomo should finally do the right thing and sign the bill so families like mine can get long awaited help.”

In June, with overwhelming bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature passed A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible. It also instructs the state to issue patient cards to critically ill patients who qualify as soon as possible making it clear that they are medical marijuana patients and affording them some protection from law enforcement and child protective services.

On Tuesday, advocates will rally outside the Governor’s office to urge him to sign the bill or take other action to help patients in desperate need.

New York’s medical marijuana program is slated to become operational in January of 2016, but the state has yet to launch a system for patients to register and just unveiled the mandatory doctor training in mid-October. Advocates have expressed concern that too few doctors will be trained and too few patients able to register in time to take advantage of the program come January. The emergency access bill would afford the Department of Health additional tools to expedite access to the critically ill in case of delays.

“With less than three months to go before New York’s medical marijuana program is slated to roll out, I’m really concerned that there could be delays in the program,” said Maryanne Houser of Suffern. “My daughter Amanda has been waiting since July of 2014 when she stood next to Governor Cuomo at the bill signing and he promised to help her. He can help her now by signing the emergency access bill.”


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.