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Medical Marijuana Legalized in Md.

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SALISBURY, Md.- Cooking is an important part of Reginald Jones' day. The Salisbury man needs to keep weight on because he has terminal stage four cancer.  

"With cancer there is weight loss," he said. "I went down to 118 [pounds]."  

Jones is a former drug and alcohol counselor.  Although he has never used medical marijuana, now that he has cancer his opinion has changed.  

"My personal choice is, it would be a last option," he said. "Would I rule it out? No."

Jones has to take eight medications daily just to stay alive and help treat his cancer.  Now he has the option to add medical marijuana as a treatment.  

Another supporter of Maryland's new law is Karilyn Ott.  Her mother and sister died from cancer, and both smoked medical marijuana.  

"I feel like if you really do need it and the doctor feels you need it, it should be legalized," Ott said.

However, others like Keith Banks think the drug should stay illegal.  

"Everybody from age 12 to 80 will have it no matter what.  I mean they go to the doctor and say, 'I've got glaucoma or I've got cancer or I need psychological help.' They are going to give them marijuana and it's just not a good thing, that's all."

Despite the controversy, Jones is happy he has the option to use marijuana.  

"I don't believe the disease will go away but I am not going quietly," Jones said, adding that he will keep fighting all the way.

State analysts say a medical marijuana program might not be implemented until 2016 in Maryland.

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