ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s new medical cannabis program posed a bit of a quandary for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office when a registered patient became an inmate in the county’s detention center.
The result could be legislation designed to protect law enforcement from lawsuits for declining to distribute it.
Sheriff Douglas Mullendore told members of the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly last week that the program posed “obstacles” for law enforcement.
“A person who was incarcerated in our detention center … was a registered user of medical marijuana,” he said. “When we would not allow medical marijuana to come into the jail, that attorney decided that they were going to raise a fuss, claimed they were going to sue us, things of that nature.
“I’ve not seen any lawsuits,” Mullendore added, “but it did bring up an issue … there is no prohibition in the law. However, we obviously would not allow an inmate to have it in his cell. So that would require us to maintain it and