Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Governor overhauls Maryland medical cannabis commission

Omar Sacirbey  | July 7, 2017

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan overhauled the state’s 16-member medical cannabis commission this week, making 10 appointments and doubling its minority representation.

Hogan filled three vacancies on the panel, replaced six commissioners whose terms had expired and reappointed a 10th commissioner, assistant comptroller John Gontrum, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Critics of …

First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Maryland

Kevin Huhn  | July 6, 2017

Maryland regulators are allowing the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary to open its doors immediately, even though no MMJ products will be available for months.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission approved Wellness Institute of Maryland’s license on Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reported.

However,  the state’s first medical marijuana crop isn’t expected to be available until …

Maryland court again refuses to delay medical cannabis licensing

Kevin Huhn  | June 9, 2017

Maryland’s medical marijuana commission can continue to issue cannabis cultivation licenses.

The state’s highest court denied a motion Friday to continue a temporary restraining order that blocked the commission from issuing cultivation licenses for about a week because of a lawsuit against the commission. A week ago, the Court of Appeals …

Week in Review: Tobacco + cannabis, Maryland planning restarts & Native Americans’ MMJ

John Schroyer  | June 9, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Massachusetts cigarette wholesalers eye recreational marijuana distribution, a Maryland court allows MMJ planning to continue, and a Seminole-owned firm partners with a cannabis investment group.

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

Diversity in medical marijuana: Q&A with Maryland license applicant Greg Daniel

John Schroyer  | June 1, 2017

By John Schroyer

New York-based physician Greg Daniel is the face and voice of a Maryland lawsuit that could bring the issue of race to the forefront in marijuana business licensing.

The suit contends the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission ignored a law requiring that racial diversity be a consideration in who received MMJ cultivation permits.

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 …