Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maryland starts growing first medical marijuana crops

At least two of Maryland’s 15 licensed medical marijuana producers have started growing their plants, giving some badly needed good news to the state’s embattled MMJ program. ForwardGro has been posting photos of its plants on Instagram, and Curio Wellness has also planted seeds, The Washington Post reported. That news comes a week after MMJ […]

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Maryland MMJ candidate faces federal discrimination suit

The owner of a medical marijuana company that’s seeking final approval for a dispensary license in Maryland is under federal investigation for workplace discrimination stemming from a previous business, a situation the state’s embattled medical marijuana commission had no knowledge of.

According to the Capital Gazette, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court alleging that David Podrog – owner of Advanced Alternative Therapies near Baltimore – discriminated against Hispanic employees of an Annapolis car wash under his ownership.

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Israeli, Canadian firms partner to run four US marijuana facilities

An Israeli medical marijuana company is teaming up with a Canadian firm with the goal of opening four MMJ production facilities in the United States. Israel-based Panaxia and the Canadian Bioceutical Corp. have signed a contract in which CBC will finance the four projects while Panaxia will oversee construction and then manage the operations, Israeli […]

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Dixie Brands pulling out of Arizona medical cannabis market

Colorado-based Dixie Brands, a major multistate edibles producer, is poised to pull out of Arizona indefinitely after entering the medical marijuana market there roughly a year ago. “As of September 1, we will officially be out of the Arizona market,” a company executive wrote in an email to Dixie distributors in Arizona. Marijuana Business Daily obtained […]

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Maryland’s medical marijuana program gains steam as more licenses are approved

By Bart Schaneman Maryland’s medical marijuana program, which has been plagued with delays since its inception in 2013, seems to be finally gaining momentum. In a positive sign to industry watchers, the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission on Monday approved three more cultivation license holders to begin growing and licensed two processors and one testing lab.

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Maryland greenlights eight medical cannabis cultivators

Maryland regulators have approved eight more companies for medical cannabis cultivation permits, bringing to nine the number of companies allowed  to grow MMJ in the state. ForwardGro was the first licensee given final approval, in May. Meanwhile, 15 total cultivation license winners faced a Monday deadline to have their grows up and running, meaning the six that haven’t […]

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Maryland rejects special session to boost medical cannabis diversity

Presiding lawmakers in Maryland’s General Assembly have rejected a request from black lawmakers to hold a special legislative session that would have tried to address allegations that African-Americans and other minorities are not fairly represented in the state’s new medical marijuana industry. Instead, Senate President Thomas Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said they would […]

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Maryland probes possible ethics violations in MMJ licensing process

Maryland regulators are investigating potential conflicts of interest that occurred during the state’s application process for medical marijuana cultivation, extraction and dispensary licenses, The Washington Post reported. In fact, some independent reviewers hired to examine medical cannabis applications had ties to businesses bidding for MMJ licenses, according to the Post. It’s the latest setback for […]

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Governor overhauls Maryland medical cannabis commission

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 the Maryland Medical […]

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First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Maryland

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 […]

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