Partners in pot: Marijuana businesses seek novel collaborations

At least two Maryland state universities are jumping at the chance to work with marijuana growers to research the medicinal application and cultivation of cannabis. A tiny Western Maryland town says it would happily accept a 5 percent share of profits from a company that hopes to operate there.

As competition to join Maryland’s burgeoning medical-marijuana industry intensifies, some out-of-state entrepreneurs are forging partnerships with local institutions even before securing a license…

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