Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Chart: Medical marijuana markets expanding at varying rates, with Oklahoma, Florida setting the pace

While medical marijuana is legally available in 36 states and Washington DC, the fragmented nature of the industry – each state creates its own set of rules – means each market grows at a different rate. The new quarterly release of the Marijuana Business Factbook presents updated profiles of each state market, highlighting the growth […]

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Maryland extends cannabis business license application period to June 24

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission is extending the application period for cultivation and processing licenses because of technical glitches. Applicants will now have until June 24 to get paperwork filed, because the commission’s online filing system wasn’t working for many of the 160-plus applicants who tried to meet the previous May 24 deadline, according to The […]

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Maryland lawmakers legalize cannabis edibles for medical market

Maryland has legalized the sale of edible medical marijuana products, which likely will provide a substantial revenue boost to MMJ businesses in the fast-growing market. It would also open new business opportunities for edibles manufacturers. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed the provision into law on Monday, along with a marijuana-related, antitrust bill. State lawmakers […]

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Chart: Eastern US salaries top Western compensation in cannabis

Salaries for employees of U.S. marijuana companies lean higher in East Coast markets than on the West Coast. That’s one key takeaway from a Marijuana Business Magazine survey of cannabis industry recruiters. Exceptions exist, of course, such as California, where salaries are higher than average, and Florida, where they are lower than average. Several factors […]

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Maryland underlines deadline when medical cannabis dispensaries must open

Maryland regulators cautioned medical marijuana businesses they must open their dispensaries by Sept. 30 or see their approvals rescinded. The warning, issued in a state bulletin, pertains mainly to 26 businesses that remain in preapproval stage, according to The Baltimore Sun. Roughly 76 licensed MMJ dispensaries have already opened their doors, the newspaper reported. A […]

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Curio Wellness drops medical marijuana licensing suit against Maryland

Curio Wellness dropped its lawsuit to block Maryland regulators from awarding new cannabis cultivation licenses that the state said were intended to increase diversity in the industry. The company had received impassioned public criticism after it filed the suit, according to The Baltimore Sun. Curio CEO Michael Bronfein said in a statement that the medical […]

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