Maryland greenlights eight medical cannabis cultivators

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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 gotten the final go-ahead could lose their licenses, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Two of the six applicants underwent final inspections on Monday, while the fate of four others that had won preapproval from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission “was not clear,” according to the newspaper.

The commission’s executive director said the panel will decide Aug. 28 whether to give those license winners more time.

Although Maryland first legalized MMJ in 2013, the rollout of the program has been stalled multiple times, by lawsuits and other issues.

So far, only one dispensary has opened in the state, but Wellness Institute of Maryland isn’t expected to actually begin selling medical cannabis until after Labor Day because of the various delays in the MMJ cultivation sector.