Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Marijuana firm Harvest Health discloses litigation over Interurban purchase

Phoenix-based multistate marijuana operator Harvest Health & Recreation is in litigation with Interurban Capital Group, the former owner of the Have a Heart dispensary group that Harvest acquired in March for $85.8 million. Harvest CEO Steve White unveiled that news during his company’s quarterly results call on Tuesday. White said Harvest and Interurban entered the acquisition discussions […]

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Marijuana giant Acreage cuts 120 jobs, ends deals in light of COVID-19

New York-based Acreage Holdings on Friday announced it is furloughing 122 employees and taking other cost-cutting measures, becoming the latest multistate marijuana operator to slash costs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its efforts, Acreage also disclosed in a news release the resignation of a top executive and announced it is: Scrapping […]

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Harvest Health, Verano end mammoth marijuana merger

What was one of the largest acquisitions ever announced in the marijuana industry – a deal valued at $850 million when Phoenix-based multistate marijuana operator Harvest Health & Recreation said a year ago it would buy Chicago’s Verano Holdings – has been mutually terminated, the two companies said Thursday. The coronavirus and other financial and regulatory […]

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Marijuana retailers using drive-thru service to help limit contact with customers amid coronavirus

Some cannabis businesses are closing their doors – by choice or order – and they’re relying more on drive-thru windows as a way to better serve customers and avoid spreading coronavirus. It’s yet another example of how retailers are adapting to cope with the pandemic and keep their marijuana sales on track. Edgewater, Maryland-based Mana Supply Co., which […]

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Medical cannabis business opportunities could swell in several states this year

Several states could expand their medical cannabis programs this year through new laws or regulatory policies, opening the door to additional business licenses, more sales for existing cannabis operators and fresh business for ancillary companies. The business prospects in the eight states listed below might not be as glitzy as new, hundred-million-dollar-plus cannabis markets. But […]

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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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