Hopeful Maryland MMJ Cultivator Purchases 26 Acres

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Despite the fact that Maryland hasn’t even formally finalized rules on its medical marijuana program, one company has already gone ahead and bought a sizable chunk of land for growing cannabis.

Vast Organic Farms has purchased 26 acres in Oldtown in the hopes that it will be one of the 15 license winners the state will choose by early 2016, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

A spokesperson for the company said the location was chosen for its “size, security and privacy,” and that it will combine indoor growing with outdoor cultivation operations, depending on the final regulations for the industry.

But formal applications for cultivation licenses won’t even be available until September, according to the state’s MMJ program timeline. License winners are scheduled to be announced in December or January.

Still, the company’s not alone in its eagerness. At least five or six growers have contacted the Allegany County Commission to inquire about the possibility of growing MMJ, the Times-News reported.