Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

MA holding company helps Israeli MMJ firm expand US reach

Omar Sacirbey  | September 20, 2017

Medical marijuana research firm Tikun Olam has expanded its partnership with a canna-centric Massachusetts holding company that will eventually increase the Israeli business’ U.S. footprint to seven states.

Under its new agreement with Newton, Massachusetts-based holding company MariMed, Tikun Olam’s MMJ products will be grown, manufactured and sold in four states where MariMed has …

Maryland university cancels medical marijuana courses

John Schroyer  | September 18, 2017

The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has called off courses that had been scheduled for students planning careers in the medical marijuana field.

The college made the decision after “consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office” and then decided to err on the side of caution because of marijuana’s ongoing status as …

Colorado marijuana banker has plans for a national network

Omar Sacirbey  | September 14, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

A Colorado-based credit union believes it may have the solution to marijuana businesses’ banking issues, one that it hopes will be available in six states by the end of this year and about 20 by the end of 2018.

Maryland starts growing first medical marijuana crops

Omar Sacirbey  | September 5, 2017

At least two of Maryland’s 15 licensed medical marijuana producers have started growing their plants, giving some badly needed good news to the state’s embattled MMJ program.

ForwardGro has been posting photos of its plants on Instagram, and Curio Wellness has also planted seeds, The Washington Post reported.

That news comes a …

Maryland MMJ candidate faces federal discrimination suit

Omar Sacirbey  | August 30, 2017

The owner of a medical marijuana company that's seeking final approval for a dispensary license in Maryland is under federal investigation for workplace discrimination stemming from a previous business, a situation the state’s embattled medical marijuana commission had no knowledge of.

According to the Capital Gazette, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday in …

Dixie Brands pulling out of Arizona medical cannabis market

John Schroyer  | August 29, 2017

Colorado-based Dixie Brands, a major multistate edibles producer, is poised to pull out of Arizona indefinitely after entering the medical marijuana market there roughly a year ago.

“As of September 1, we will officially be out of the Arizona market,” a company executive wrote in an email to Dixie distributors in Arizona. Marijuana Business Daily obtained …

Maryland’s medical marijuana program gains steam as more licenses are approved

Bart Schaneman  | August 29, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Maryland’s medical marijuana program, which has been plagued with delays since its inception in 2013, seems to be finally gaining momentum.

In a positive sign to industry watchers, the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission on Monday approved three more cultivation license holders to begin growing and licensed two processors and one testing lab.

Week in Review: Maine rec cannabis launch delayed, Maryland MMJ grow licensees & DOJ vs. DEA

John Schroyer  | August 18, 2017

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

The launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana industry is delayed, a deadline passes for Maryland’s licensed medical cannabis growers, and the Department of Justice nixes a DEA decision on MJ research.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Maryland rejects special session to boost medical cannabis diversity

Omar Sacirbey  | August 3, 2017

Presiding lawmakers in Maryland’s General Assembly have rejected a request from black lawmakers to hold a special legislative session that would have tried to address allegations that African-Americans and other minorities are not fairly represented in the state’s new medical marijuana industry.

Instead, Senate President Thomas Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch …

Maryland probes possible ethics violations in MMJ licensing process

Omar Sacirbey  | July 31, 2017

Maryland regulators are investigating potential conflicts of interest that occurred during the state’s application process for medical marijuana cultivation, extraction and dispensary licenses, The Washington Post reported.

In fact, some independent reviewers hired to examine medical cannabis applications had ties to businesses bidding for MMJ licenses, according to the Post.

It’s the …