Prospective cultivators and dispensary owners seeking medical cannabis licenses in Maryland might be scrutinized by not only the state, but also possibly by university researchers.
Maryland has inked an agreement with Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI), which will help develop applications and assist in managing applicant evaluations, the Herald Mail reported.
The commission expects applications to be available in September, according to the newspaper.
The executive director of the commission said working with the institute will speed development and evaluation of applications.
Companies that want to enter the industry will have to pay hefty fees. Growers must shell out $250,000 for a two-year license while dispensaries will have to pay $80,000. The commission will likely award permits by the end of the year, and sales are expected to start in 2016.