Maryland clears two medical cannabis firms to open for business

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Maryland medical marijuana regulators have approved licenses for two cannabis businesses that were under investigation for potential conflicts of interest.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) – which found no evidence to disqualify the two businesses from operating – also licensed three other dispensaries, bringing the state’s total to six, The Washington Post reported.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Doctor’s Orders in Dorchester County was under investigation because Maryland state delegate Dan Morhaim failed to disclose he was a paid consultant for the company.
  • Temescal Wellness in Baltimore County was being probed because a person listed as its general manager is married to a woman who was hired to review MMJ business applications. The reviewer and her spouse said they weren’t privy to each other’s affiliations.
  • Dispensary applicants Peninsula Alternative Health in Wicomico County, Allegany (County) Medical Marijuana, and Southern Maryland Relief in St. Mary’s County were also granted licenses.
  • The MMCC expects medical marijuana dispensaries to begin sales in January 2018.