Maryland Lawmakers Add Medical Marijuana Licenses

Maryland Lawmakers Add Medical Marijuana Licenses

ANNAPOLIS, MD — A measure to help improve diversity in Maryland’s new medical marijuana industry received final approval by the General Assembly on Monday, as lawmakers worked toward a midnight deadline when the legislative session is scheduled to end. Maryland lawmakers also will be working on measures designed to improve school safety and fight crime. The bill adds 7 grow licenses and 13 processor licenses, and includes diversity measures. The medical marijuana measure increases the number of grower licenses from 15 to as many as 22. Two licenses are set aside for two companies that sued over the licensing process and four more will be up for grabs. The measure takes steps to help minority-owned companies receive those licenses, based on a study earlier this year that concluded minorities have faced obstacles to entering similar industries in the past. The bill also increases the number of cannabis processor licenses from 15 to 28. RELATED STORYFirst Maryland Medical Cannabis...



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