Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Why cannabis businesses are hiring former politicians and regulators to move the industry’s lobbying efforts ahead

Marijuana businesses are increasingly bringing on former national and state politicians and regulators to help them navigate the ever-changing landscape surrounding cannabis legislation and related lobbying efforts as they look to move the industry forward. Earlier this month, for example, Maryland-based Green Leaf Medical announced it hired Joy Strand, a former executive director of the state’s Medical […]

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Vireo’s Maryland medical marijuana workers ratify union pact

Multistate cannabis operator Vireo Health on Tuesday announced that employees at its wholly owned subsidiary in Maryland, MaryMed, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a collective-bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27. The three-year agreement marks the first medical cannabis union contract ratified in Maryland, according to Vireo. In October, the Minnesota-based company also signed […]

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Former top marijuana regulator in Maryland joins MJ firm

Joy Strand, a former executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, has joined Green Leaf Medical, a cannabis firm in the state. Green Leaf hired Strand, who resigned from the commission in September 2019, as executive vice president. Her role will be to coordinate the company’s government relations in several states, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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Ex-Maryland politician faces cannabis bribery charges

Former Maryland legislator Cheryl Diane Glenn, a leading advocate for legalizing adult-use marijuana sales in the state, is facing several federal charges for fraud and bribery, including an allegation that she voted to increase the number of medical cannabis grower and processing licenses available to an unidentified, out-of-state company. Maryland’s medical marijuana program has been […]

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Marijuana businesses increasingly plan to sue if regulators fail to award them a business license

Cannabis companies, particularly multistate operators (MSOs), are increasingly incorporating lawsuits into their licensing application strategy in a bid to secure a permit in a highly sought-after market. That strategy of preparing to fight license rejections by state regulators, especially those lost by a narrow margin, is based on a number of factors: Many marijuana business […]

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Additional medical marijuana licenses put on hold in Maryland

Maryland medical marijuana regulators put plans to award an additional four cultivation and 10 processing licenses on hold, in wake of a judge’s temporary restraining order barring the state from issuing licenses until Oct. 7. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission was scheduled to announce the winners on Thursday. Instead, Commission Chairman Brian Lopez said the […]

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Maryland’s medical cannabis commission chief resigns

Joy A. Strand, the executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, is stepping down, effective Oct. 1. Strand, a health-care executive, led the commission for almost two years. The commission oversees the regulations and implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program. No reason was given for Stand’s resignation, The Baltimore Sun reported. Strand was hired to […]

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Marijuana labs adding tests targeting vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare

Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices. Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Cultivators, MJ executives say Eastern US marijuana prices remain strong as industry grows steadily

Up and down the Eastern United States, cannabis growers and business owners are reporting healthy prices for pounds of marijuana, both medical and recreational. Prices range from $2,000 a pound for flower all the way up to $4,200, depending on the state. But cultivators are still facing regulatory hurdles and the growing pains of keeping […]

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