Maryland Code, Criminal Law 5-102
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Current as of: 2010
(a) The General Assembly finds that:
(1) many of the substances listed in this title have a useful and legitimate medical purpose and are necessary to maintain the health and general welfare of the people of the State; but
(2) the illegal manufacture, distribution, possession, and administration of controlled dangerous substances have a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the people of the State.
(b) (1) The purpose of this title is to establish a uniform law to control the manufacture, distribution, possession, and administration of controlled dangerous substances and related paraphernalia to:
(i) ensure their availability for legitimate medical and scientific purposes; but
(ii) prevent their abuse, which results in a serious health problem to the individual and represents a serious danger to the welfare of the people of the State.
(2) This title shall be liberally construed to accomplish this purpose.
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