Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD — After lengthy delays, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has opened up the patient and caregiver registry for the state supervised medical marijuana program.

Starting Monday April 24, open enrollment for all patients and caregivers is available on the agency’s website.

The registry was opened in a three-phase roll-out earlier this month. Previously, patients and caregivers with last names starting A through L could only register in the week beginning…

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Time Runs Out on Compromise to Fix Maryland Medical Cannabis Program

After long and difficult negotiations and consultation with advocates, industry stakeholders, and the Attorney General, legislators agreed on a compromise bill, HB 1443, to address the lack of diversity in the Maryland medical cannabis industry without delaying the program. Unfortunately, the clock ran out on the last night of session and the final vote occurred at 12:02 a.m. — just after the end of session.

This is really unfortunate for two reasons. First, because two lawsuits that would have been dismissed if the bill had passed will…

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Patient Registry Open in Maryland

After lengthy delays, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is finally opening the patient registry in a phased rollout beginning on Monday, April 10. Please see below for the full announcement from the Commission. Dispensaries are required to be operational by December 9, 2017.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MEDICAL CANNABIS IS NOT AVAILABLE YET IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND. Pre-approved growers, processors, and dispensaries are still constructing their businesses, and depending on the date these operations commence, the Commission expects that medical…

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Adult Use Bills Introduced in Maryland Senate

This week, two companion bills that would legalize and regulate personal use amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and up were introduced in the Maryland Senate.

SB 928 would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to grow up to six plants, and would set up regulated businesses that would cultivate, process, and sell cannabis, including a “craft cultivator” category for small businesses. SB 927 sets a $30 per ounce excise tax and 9% sales tax (the same as alcohol). Half of the proceeds would go to high-poverty schools.

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Maryland lawmakers to push for recreational marijuana

By Ovetta Wiggins and Fenit Nirappil, The Washington Post

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.

Legislators said Monday that adults aged 21 and older in Maryland would be able to possess and grow limit amounts of marijuana if the two bills sponsored by Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery, Del. Curt…

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Maryland Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Marijuana

ANNAPOLIS, MD — State lawmakers are rolling out legislation Monday that would regulate and tax cannabis similarly to alcohol in Maryland.

The proposal consists of two bills — a regulation bill and a tax bill — that will each be filed in the Senate and the House.

The regulation bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery) and Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City), would make possession and home cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis legal…

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Maryland Marijuana Legalization Bills to be Introudced Monday

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Lawmakers in the Maryland House of Delegates are expected to introduce a combination of bills Monday that would legalize marijuana for adults.

Two bills are expected to be introduced in each chamber.  One proposal would make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and regulate its production and sale similarly to alcohol, according to the Washington, DC based Marijuana Policy Project.

The other bill would enact taxes on non-medical marijuana sold in…

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Dec. 13 Event in Baltimore to Explore How Legalization Would Impact Racial Justice in the City

Did you know that African Americans in Baltimore are five times more likely to be arrested for drug possession than people of other races, and marijuana is the most common drug possessed? To learn more and help be part of the solution, don’t miss this upcoming special event entitled Legalizing Marijuana: The Impact on Racial Justice in Baltimore City, organized by the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition.

When: Tuesday, December 13
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

It’s free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated.

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These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana Next

Four states, including California, the nation’s most populous, voted to legalize marijuana on November 8. That doubles the number of legal states to eight (plus the District of Columbia), and more than quadruples the number of people living in legal marijuana states, bringing the number to something around 64 million.

Every one of those states legalized marijuana through the initiative process, but we’re not going to see any more initiatives on state ballots until 2018, and perhaps 2020. That means that if we are to make more progress…

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Delays, diversity and potential: Q&A with Maryland marijuana consultant Ivan Lanier

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By Omar Sacirbey

Maryland business consultant Ivan Lanier is selective about his clients, which bodes well for two entrepreneurs he agreed to help enter the state’s medical cannabis industry.

“I won’t jump into anything if I don’t think I’m going to win,” said Lanier, who founded Greenwill Consulting Group in 2002.

Lanier and daughter Jeanette Ortiz have built a client list that includes companies from heavily regulated sectors including pharmaceuticals and gaming.

So when Dr. Kimberly Brown and Jacob Van Wingerden approached Lanier…

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The East Coast medical cannabis market: Q&A with Ted Rebholz of Temescal Wellness

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By Omar Sacirbey

Ted Rebholz was offered a high-level position at Harborside Health Center, but he turned it down to stay with a tech firm that was later sold to Cisco Systems.

Crossing paths with Harborside piqued Rebholz’s interest in the cannabis industry, paving the way for him to start a licensed MMJ business in New Hampshire. 

Rebholz’s company, Temescal Wellness, owns two of New Hampshire’s four state-allotted dispensaries.

Rebholz – who once toyed with the idea of working in the public sector for an institution like the World…

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Maryland Medical Marijuana License Lawsuit May Grow

A lawsuit targeting Maryland’s highly competitive medical marijuana business license outcome is poised to get a second plaintiff.

The lawsuit, originally filed Sept. 19 in Baltimore Circuit Court by GTI Maryland, alleges that the state commission that awarded the permits in early August broke its own rules during the selection process, and gave licenses to applicants that received lower scores in the evaluation of 145 different companies.


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MPP Endorses Maryland Delegate David Moon for State Senate

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The Marijuana Policy Project announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Del. David Moon for the Maryland Senate in District 20. The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is expected to appoint a successor to Sen. Jamie Raskin, who is running for Congress.

As a member of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Delegates, David Moon has been an impassioned leader and a continuous advocate for marijuana policy reform, including acting as an important sponsor of legislation to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol….

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Maryland Legislator Faces Probe for Medical Cannabis Role

The ethics staff for Maryland’s General Assembly has launched a preliminary investigation into a state lawmaker’s role in the medical cannabis industry.

Dan K. Morhaim is a 22-year veteran of the legislature and is the clinical director of Doctors Orders Maryland. The start-up is one of fifteen companies to recently receive a preliminary medical marijuana cultivation license and one of fifteen to receive a processing license for the state’s emerging MMJ program.

License Directory SidebarMorhaim, a physician, also lobbied for the legalization of medical…

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More Maryland MMJ Delays Possible as State Seeks to Boost Diversity

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission aims to devise a plan to increase the diversity of medical marijuana license winners, a move that could further delay the launch of a program already months behind its original schedule.

“Nothing is off the table,” Commission Chairman Paul Davies told reporters this week following a meeting with Attorney General Brian Frosh. The two officials talked about ways to legally increase how many minority applicants receive medical marijuana licenses, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Maryland MJ Commission Releases Rankings for License Winners

Maryland’s medical marijuana commission on Wednesday released how it ranked top applicants for grower and processor licenses in the state, shedding light on its decision-making process.

The rankings included two growers that were dropped from the top 15 and two that were moved up for geographical reasons, the Associated Press reported.

Commissioners earlier this month named 15 preliminary winners for licenses in the processor category and 15 in the grower category.

The two growers that were dropped from the top 15 planned to operate in…

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Top Legislative Victories of 2016

Now that most state legislative sessions are over for the year, MPP’s Rob Kampia has published a list of the biggest victories in what is already the biggest year on record for marijuana policy reformers!Rating_Badge_JO

On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill removing the threat of arrest for small amounts of marijuana, capping a record year of legislative and administrative marijuana policy reforms throughout the country.

Two states, Pennsylvania and Ohio, enacted effective medical marijuana laws via their legislatures, making them…

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MD Names Preliminary Winners for Grower, Processor Licenses

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission on Monday unveiled the names of the 15 cultivators and 15 processors who won preliminary approval to secure licenses, marking another step forward for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Maryland received 145 grower applications, 124 processor applications and 811 dispensary license applications. Dispensary winners – two for each of the state’s 47 senatorial districts plus potentially one for each of the preliminary cultivator winners – are expected to be announced in September.

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Maryland to Award Cultivation, Processing Licenses on Aug. 15

Officials overseeing Maryland’s medical marijuana program plan to announce winners of cultivation and processing licenses on Aug. 15, the Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.

The move, should it materialize, would galvanize Maryland’s medical cannabis industry, which has experienced numerous delays in the licensing process.

The state will reveal which applicants receive the 15 cultivation and 15 processing permits allowed under the law, though winners of dispensary licenses will be announced later this year, according to the Sun.

The state has…

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Maryland May Pick MMJ License Winners in August

After criticism from the executive director of Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission, the chairman of the group announced that the first marijuana business license winners in the cultivator and processor categories could be chosen as soon as August 5.

The MMJ program’s recently appointed executive director, Patrick Jameson on Tuesday criticized the review process of more than 1,000 marijuana business applications as “too cumbersome” and “too expensive,” and said it had taken “too long,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

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Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Waiting Game Frustrates Entrepreneurs

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By Omar Sacirbey

Maryland’s medical marijuana program – likely to become one of the largest on the East Coast – is moving forward in fits and starts and may undergo more changes before launching.

That’s thrown the actual start date into uncertainty, frustrating wannabe cannabis business owners anxious to win a license.

The slow start has boosted costs for some aspiring business owners, underscoring the risks entrepreneurs face in states where a medical cannabis program is slow to take off.

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In Maryland, for example, some…

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MD: ASA to Work with Regulators to Ensure Highest Level of Industry Compliance

MD: ASA to Work with Regulators to Ensure Highest Level of Industry Compliance

BALTIMORE, MD — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has been selected to provide training for compliance inspectors operating under the authority of the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. The auditors are charged with ensuring members of the state’s new medical cannabis industry comply with all applicable regulations, which were finalized by the Commission in August. 

In addition to developing its own rigorous compliance protocols, Maryland has adopted the American Herbal Product Association’s (AHPA) Recommendations…

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