Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

New Market: Once Maryland fixes problems, ample MMJ opportunities await

Bart Schaneman  | February 22, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Maryland's medical marijuana program rollout has been rife with stumbles, delaying what could become one of the largest markets on the East Coast.

Still, industry officials and regulators are working to get the state's MMJ program on steadier footing and launched.

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

Maryland medical marijuana businesses form trade group

Omar Sacirbey  | January 9, 2017

In Maryland, 20 growing and processing license winners have formed a trade association tasked with improving patient access and slashing bureaucratic red tape.

The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) is made up 20 firms: Seven of them won both growing and processing licenses, seven won only processing licenses and six won …

Some Maryland companies engaging in MMJ scams

Bart Schaneman  | December 28, 2016

Scammers are trying to take advantage of Maryland’s new medical marijuana program by offering patients phony pre-approvals and bogus MMJ cards, which could create an air of mistrust around the state’s emerging cannabis industry.

Maryland has not yet given doctors the green light to begin recommending medical cannabis, and there is no such thing …

MD dispensary license winners move forward amid turmoil

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Maryland dispensary license winners celebrated briefly after learning about their victories last week, then turned their attention to getting their businesses up and running in what could become one of the most lucrative medical marijuana markets on the East Coast.

Maryland unveils 102 dispensary license winners

Bart Schaneman  | December 9, 2016

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced the names of 102 applicants that have been awarded licenses to operate a dispensary in the state’s new MMJ market, which is expected to become one of the largest on the East Coast.

The companies  were selected from 811 applications. They still must pass background checks before receiving the …

Maryland dispensary candidates will learn their fate soon

Omar Sacirbey  | November 21, 2016

Applicants for Maryland’s medical marijuana dispensary licenses will soon know whether they won or lost.

The Maryland Cannabis Commission has announced that winners of preliminary licenses will be chosen Nov. 28 but won’t be revealed to the public until Dec. 9.

It’s a welcome step in a process that started with and still …

Delays, diversity and potential: Q&A with Maryland marijuana consultant Ivan Lanier

Omar Sacirbey  | October 11, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Maryland business consultant Ivan Lanier is selective about his clients, which bodes well for two entrepreneurs he agreed to help enter the state’s medical cannabis industry.

“I won’t jump into anything if I don’t think I’m going to win,” said Lanier, who founded Greenwill Consulting Group in 2002.