Partners in pot: Maryland 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 to operate.

The entrepreneurs say it’s better to…

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