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States with active medical marijuana programs
When I started this template, I used NORML's Active State Medical Marijuana Programs list, which includes Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. However, I have NOT included Maryland, because the state itself does not have an active program that removes state-level criminal penalties on the use of marijuana by patients.
This is what NORML says about Maryland: "Maryland's legislature passed a medical marijuana affirmative defense law in 2003. This law requires the court to consider a defendant's use of medical marijuana to be a mitigating factor in marijuana-related state prosecution. If the patient, post-arrest, successfully makes the case at trial that his or her use of marijuana is one of medical necessity, then the maximum penalty allowed by law would be a $100 fine."
Again, since the state does not have an active program, it is not included in the template's medical cannabis section. --Another Believer(Talk) 02:01, 30 April 2009 (UTC)