Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has said that he will “likely” veto any medical marijuana legalization legislation that comes before him, due to his concern over federal scrutiny.
This announcement by his spokeswoman came yesterday as a result of the federal attention that other states with medical marijuana programs have received in recent months. Maryland has been working toward medical marijuana legalization for years, but the effort has continuously stalled in the General Assembly.
In a statement read by his spokeswoman, O’Malley explained, “We have some concerns about liability. Those concerns were raised by US attorneys across the country. Based on those concerns, it is probably likely we would veto any legislation.”
Recent vetoes and stalls to medical marijuana programs have been facilitated by Governors in a number of states, including Washington, New Jersey, and Delaware.
There are two medical marijuana bills up for consideration in Maryland this year.