Maryland’s Plan To Diversify Its Medical Marijuana Market Could Backfire

For months, Maryland lawmakers have planned to address the lack of diversity in the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry by offering more licenses. A new round of licensing was supposed to give the black-owned firms that were all but shut out of the first round another chance to gain a foothold in the lucrative industry. Continue reading “Maryland’s Plan To Diversify Its Medical Marijuana Market Could Backfire”

Medical Marijuana Sales Have Officially Begun In Maryland

At least 200 would-be customers were lined up outside Rockville’s first medical marijuana dispensary Friday afternoon when one of the owners announced that a cannabis shipment — including elixirs, tablets and flowers — had arrived.

Bill Askinazi promised that everyone in line would go home with at least some marijuana, then said computer issues were delaying the start of sales, and rushed back inside. Continue reading “Medical Marijuana Sales Have Officially Begun In Maryland”

Judge temporarily halts Maryland medical marijuana industry

A Baltimore judge put Maryland’s medical marijuana industry temporarily on hold Thursday, granting the request of a company that alleged state regulators illegally ignored racial diversity when picking firms to grow the drug.

Circuit Judge Barry Williams said the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is not permitted to grant any additional marijuana licenses for 10 days. Continue reading “Judge temporarily halts Maryland medical marijuana industry”

Maryland just got its first licensed grower of medical marijuana

The commission that oversees Maryland’s fledgling medical cannabis program voted Wednesday to award the state’s first full license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The stage two license, awarded to Forward Gro LLC, is a final sign-off from regulators for putting plants in the ground. The company will still have to wait for dispensaries to be fully inspected and licensed before it can sell cannabis products to approved patients, which it hopes to do by late summer or early fall. Continue reading “Maryland just got its first licensed grower of medical marijuana”

State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis

A bipartisan bill has been introduced by freshman House Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.), that would remove marijuana completely from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing cannabis under federal law. Garrett, who replaced cannabis prohibitionist US Rep. Robert Hurt in Virginia’s fifth congressional district, campaigned on a promise to make cannabis reform a priority. Continue reading “State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis”

Lawmakers Want Maryland to Be Next in Recreational Marijuana

A group of Democratic lawmakers in Maryland want the state to join a growing number of others that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, taxing and regulating sales of the drug similar to the way the state deals with alcohol. Continue reading “Lawmakers Want Maryland to Be Next in Recreational Marijuana”

Lawmaker scrutinized over Maryland medical marijuana ties removed from key panel

Maryland Cannabis Commission Attempts to Diversify State’s Medical Marijuana Industry With Diversity Consultant

The Maryland Cannabis Commission announced Monday it will hire a consultant to review what steps — if any — it could take to improve diversity in the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry. Continue reading “Maryland Cannabis Commission Attempts to Diversify State’s Medical Marijuana Industry With Diversity Consultant”