Maryland Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maryland court: Medical marijuana licensing process to continue

The Maryland Court of Appeals put a stop to a scheduled legal hearing Friday regarding a lawsuit attempting to overturn provisional medical cannabis cultivation licensing. The end result: The state’s oft-delayed MMJ program will move forward as planned. For now. The order from the Court of Appeals put a stay on a prior order from the […]

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Maryland MMJ commissioner targeted by lawsuits from ex-cops

A Maryland police chief who is also a member of the state’s medical cannabis commission is the target of multiple lawsuits – all filed by former police officers who worked for him – who allege a pattern of sexual harassment, racism, and workplace misconduct. According to a report by WUSA 9, Police Chief Harry Robshaw III […]

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Diversity in medical marijuana: Q&A with Maryland license applicant Greg Daniel

By John Schroyer New York-based physician Greg Daniel is the face and voice of a Maryland lawsuit that could bring the issue of race to the forefront in marijuana business licensing. The suit contends the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission ignored a law requiring that racial diversity be a consideration in who received MMJ cultivation permits.

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Maryland judge halts medical marijuana cultivation licensing

A Maryland circuit court judge on Thursday afternoon issued a temporary restraining order, forcing the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission to hold off on issuing any more MMJ cultivation licenses for at least 10 days. The order is the result of an ongoing lawsuit filed last October by Alternative Medicine Maryland, one of the cultivation license […]

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Maryland awards first medical marijuana cultivation license

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission gave final approval to the first company to win a cultivation license under the state’s MMJ program. The announcement Wednesday comes nine months after the state revealed 15 preliminary license winners, underscoring the slow rollout of Maryland’s medical cannabis program. ForwardGro, based in Anne Arundel County to the south of Baltimore, […]

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Maryland medical marijuana grower sues to halt licensing process

A Maryland medical marijuana cultivation company that failed to win one of the state’s preliminary business licenses filed an emergency motion asking a judge to block the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing final grow permits. In its filing, Alternative Medicine Maryland argued the commission did not follow the law because it failed to consider an […]

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Maryland MMJ commission has unpaid bill for application job

The Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission has failed to pay the lion’s share of a $2.6 million bill incurred in large part for hiring a third party to review a deluge of applications for grower, processor and dispensary licenses. The unpaid tab adds to the problems that have plagued the rollout of Maryland’s MMJ program. The Baltimore […]

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Marijuana REIT to invest up to $15M in Maryland cultivation site

Innovative Industrial Properties, a cannabis-focused real estate investment trust (REIT), said it has agreed to purchase a partially developed property in Capitol Heights, Maryland, and plans to invest up to $15 million in a medical cannabis cultivation facility there. The building on the site, once completed, is expected to total about 72,000 square feet. Based in San […]

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Maryland looks to increase diversity in MMJ industry

Maryland will conduct a study of the state’s developing medical marijuana industry to ensure opportunities for minority participation. Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday directed the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to work together with the state’s medical marijuana commission and the transportation department on the study. The Republican governor ordered the study in response to concerns expressed […]

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MD’s failed marijuana diversity bill spurs call for special session

Black lawmakers in Maryland are calling for a special session of the legislature after the failure of a bill designed to mandate racial diversity in the ownership of the businesses that will participate in the state’s new medical marijuana industry. The legislation would have added seven more licenses to cultivate cannabis, on top of the 15 […]

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