Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maryland’s medical cannabis sales hit $96 million in first year

Maryland’s medical marijuana industry brought in $96.3 million during its first year of operation. MMJ sales began in December 2017, and there are currently nearly 52,000 patients, according to The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper also reported between 250 and 350 people a day are applying to become certified by the state to buy medical cannabis. […]

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Maryland’s medical marijuana program is rapidly developing

Maryland’s medical marijuana patient pool is growing at a quick rate, providing increased revenue and opportunities for the state’s MMJ businesses. The head of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) said state regulators are receiving more than 1,000 applications a week from would-be patients, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Here’s what you need to know: […]

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MD orders medical cannabis products quarantined without explanation

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issued a formal hold on all products from one of the state’s licensed medical marijuana growers, prohibiting those goods from being sold until further notice. But the agency hasn’t given a clear reason for its decision. According to The Washington Post, cultivation company ForwardGro’s products were placed on an “administrative […]

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Week in Review: OK medical cannabis licensing boom, DEA shifts on some CBD & New York allows MMJ as opioid alternative

Oklahoma approves more than 1,100 medical marijuana businesses, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moves certain CBD medicines off Schedule 1, and New York’s governor signs legislation allowing MMJ as an alternative to opioids. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oklahoma ‘free-for-all’ The numbers are mind-boggling: As of […]

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Metrc software issues spur MD marijuana regulators to enact temporary retail rules

Persistent outages and slowdowns involving Maryland’s seed-to-sale tracking software, Metrc, have forced state medical marijuana regulators to override regulations governing patient purchases five times in the past two weeks in a bid to limit the fallout on dispensaries and consumers. The glitches have reportedly hurt dispensary sales. The problems plaguing Metrc – a software system […]

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CEO of multistate medical marijuana operator Green Thumb steps down

Peter Kadens, one of the more notable names in the U.S. cannabis industry, has stepped down as CEO of multistate medical marijuana company Green Thumb Industries (GTI). The 40-year-old entrepreneur, who will stay with Chicago-based GTI as a board member, told MassLive.com he was stepping down for personal and family reasons. Ben Kovler, who founded […]

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As medical marijuana sales surge, Maryland licenses eight more dispensaries

Maryland’s medical cannabis sales are heading toward $100 million in their first year, so in an effort to help keep up with demand, the state approved licenses for eight new MMJ dispensaries this week. That will bring the number of retailers in Maryland to 65 – more than half the 102 retail outlets expected to open, The Baltimore […]

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Maryland medical marijuana company has license reinstated

MaryMed has been given another chance at Maryland’s medical marijuana market after a judge ruled that the MMJ company likely didn’t violate the law. The Baltimore Business Journal reported the Dorchester-based company received preapproval from state regulators in 2016 to open cultivation, retail and processing operations. But the licenses were rejected after the state began […]

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Maryland probing politically connected cannabis grower that allegedly used pesticides

Maryland regulators are investigating allegations that a cultivator with political ties to the governor illegally used pesticides in growing its medical marijuana. According to The Baltimore Sun, the investigation of ForwardGro, which is based in Anne Arundel County, was prompted by sworn allegations made by three former employees to the state’s General Assembly. ForwardGro denied the […]

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Week in Review: Smokable flower in Florida, cannabis investing in Colorado & MMJ software woes in Maryland

A judge allows smokable medical marijuana in Florida, Colorado’s governor vetoes a bill to allow publicly traded companies to invest in cannabis businesses, and Maryland’s MMJ program experiences tracking software problems. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Smoking’s OK – or is it? Allowing the […]

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Tracking software issues temporarily stall Maryland medical cannabis sales

Medical marijuana sales in Maryland slowed to a crawl last weekend because of a glitch in the state’s MMJ tracking system. The state’s tracking program provider, Florida-based seed-to-sale firm Franwell, blamed the slowdown on a new feature the company installed in its Metrc software, The Baltimore Sun reported. According to the newspaper, Franwell had introduced an […]

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