Earlier this week Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh announced he is proposing a bill to ban the growing, processing and dispensing medical cannabis in the county. However, some Anne Arundel County Council Members have expressed uncertainty or concerns about the proposed measure. As reported in The Baltimore Sun:
Three council members said his proposal goes too far and some may suggest alternatives. Two said they were uncertain which way they would vote, and one would not offer a stance on the bill or the issue as a whole. The seventh remains an outlier — he did not return a message seeking comment.
The proposal is poised to be introduced to the seven-member legislative body at its Sept. 21 meeting. It is expected to begin debating the bill next month, and four votes are needed for passage.
The article included comments from some of the county council members:
Chris Trumbauer, D-Annapolis, said he thought Schuh’s bill was the “wrong approach,” and is considering legislation that would regulate where medical marijuana businesses could be located.
“I generally support medical marijuana if a doctor is going to prescribe that to a patient,” Trumbauer said. “At that point its medicine.”
Councilman Andrew Pruski, D-Gambrills, said he was shocked to learn of Schuh’s proposal and said the county executive shouldn’t move so fast in proposing such sweeping legislation.
“I don’t want to completely shut the door,” Pruski said. “There could probably be a happy medium.”
Council Chairman Jerry Walker, R-Crofton, said he opposed Schuh’s bill as it stands in part because there are farmers in the rural part of his district who expressed interest in growing medical marijuana as an way of keeping their businesses viable.
Councilman John Grasso, R-Glen Burnie, said he was “torn” over Schuh’s proposal. Grasso said he knows people who said they felt the positive effects of medical marijuana over other prescription medication.
Still, Grasso said he held on to the old notion of marijuana being a gateway drug that young people ought not to try.