Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maryland awards first medical marijuana cultivation license

John Schroyer  | May 18, 2017

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission gave final approval to the first company to win a cultivation license under the state’s MMJ program.

The announcement Wednesday comes nine months after the state revealed 15 preliminary license winners, underscoring the slow rollout of Maryland’s medical cannabis program.

ForwardGro, based in Anne Arundel County to …

Maryland medical marijuana grower sues to halt licensing process

Omar Sacirbey  | May 16, 2017

A Maryland medical marijuana cultivation company that failed to win one of the state’s preliminary business licenses filed an emergency motion asking a judge to block the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing final grow permits.

In its filing, Alternative Medicine Maryland argued the commission did not follow the law because it …

Marijuana REIT to invest up to $15M in Maryland cultivation site

Bart Schaneman  | May 5, 2017

Innovative Industrial Properties, a cannabis-focused real estate investment trust (REIT), said it has agreed to purchase a partially developed property in Capitol Heights, Maryland, and plans to invest up to $15 million in a medical cannabis cultivation facility there.

The building on the site, once completed, is expected to total about 72,000 square …

Maryland looks to increase diversity in MMJ industry

Bart Schaneman  | April 27, 2017

Maryland will conduct a study of the state’s developing medical marijuana industry to ensure opportunities for minority participation.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday directed the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to work together with the state’s medical marijuana commission and the transportation department on the study.

The Republican governor ordered the study in response to concerns expressed …

MD’s failed marijuana diversity bill spurs call for special session

Bart Schaneman  | April 13, 2017

Black lawmakers in Maryland are calling for a special session of the legislature after the failure of a bill designed to mandate racial diversity in the ownership of the businesses that will participate in the state’s new medical marijuana industry.

The legislation would have added seven more licenses to cultivate cannabis, on top of …

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.