Michael S. Williamson The Washington Post
Gene Ransom’s day was ruined within minutes of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement that he was giving federal prosecutors more freedom to go after marijuana transactions in states that have legalized medical cannabis.
“Our phones just blew up,” said Ransom, the chief executive of the Maryland State Medical Society. “We must have had 400 physicians calling to ask us what this was going to mean.”
Sessions’s Jan. 4 bombshell came just a month after Maryland launched its own medical marijuana program, further roiling a health-care community struggling with how — or even whether — to bring pot into mainstream practice.
Already nervous, some doctors who had signed up promptly backed out when Sessions reversed the hands-off policy of the Obama era.
“I know of two who had already registered who decided not to take the risk after all,” Ransom said. “One of them had already written recommendations for several patients.”
The problem is not limited to Maryland, one of 28 states that has legalized medical marijuana. The reluctance of doctors, particularly on