Maryland's medical marijuana law is set to take effect October 1, but the terms for growing and distributing pot still need to be hammer out, so Gov. Martin O'Malley named 11 people yesterday to a commission that will oversee the process.

The commission -- which includes health professionals, lawyers, a police chief and a prosecutor, will be chaired by Dr. Paul W. Davies, president of Advanced Pain Management Specialists. The group will meet for the first time today at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore.

Del. Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat and physician who sponsored the legislation, called the commission "a diverse and qualified group," and said he trusted they would work "diligently" to carry out the law.

Maryland’s new law limits distribution of marijuana to a small number of qualified academic medical centers. Under the law, the commission has the authority to permit the centers to design and implement programs that make marijuana available to defined groups of patients.