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Also backing the proposal is Del. Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat who is the General Assembly’s only physician.

“I’m convinced that marijuana has a real medical role,” he said.

The lawmakers said their legislation to legalize marijuana is tightly crafted to limit marijuana use to patients who have been prescribed the drug by their regular doctors after they have tried other remedies.

The bill is similar to legislation that passed the Senate overwhelmingly last year but stalled in the House of Delegates.

Morhaim said that he took into account concerns expressed last year by his fellow delegates. He said this year’s bill further limits the ways in which physicians can prescribe marijuana and explicitly prohibits all use in motor vehicles.

The bill is slated to be introduced this week, its sponsors said. It is expected to have bipartisan support.