A proposed bill by Frederick County officials would allow farmers to grow medical marijuana


A bill introduced earlier this year by a Frederick County councilwoman would allow farmers to grow medical marijuana.

Farmers who oppose the bill said marijuana is not even a crop recognized by the department of agriculture.

“I’m not even sure what they classify it as, but it doesn’t fit in the range of our grains, corns, soybeans or anything like that, and we don’t feel that it qualifies to be grown or considered an agricultural crop,” said Robert Ramsburg, President of the Frederick County Farmer’s Bureau.

State laws require marijuana farmers to have time stamped security systems and fencing that are least eight feet high, and some farmers feel like this will make agricultural land look like jails, but others around Frederick County said that growing cannabis is a great opportunity for those combating health problems.

“I think that’s an amazing idea. It ‘s a great idea because a lot of people are suffering out there,” said Bethany Stovall, resident. 

“If it’s for people’s health and it makes their cancer or their joints feel better, I don’t see why it’s a problem if it’s controlled,” said Katherine Flook, resident. 

Those who are for the bill said it will be beneficial to the economy.

“There’s a huge economic benefit for medicinal cannabis out here – that’s certainly the primary reason. Secondly, there seems to be plenty of evidence that it’s truly helpful, especially to kids,” said farmer, Larry Gude.

According to the Frederick County Farmer’s Bureau, the Maryland Medical Cannabis commission will only issue 15 licenses to grow cannabis statewide.

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