Maryland: Today's medical marijuana dispensaries may be tomorrow's recreational pot sellers

By Vicki Almond, Baltimore City Council

Applications for licenses to operate 15 medical cannabis growing facilities, 15 processing plants and 109 dispensaries in the state of Maryland will begin in the next few weeks. The citizens of Baltimore County, and residents throughout Maryland, are relying on their county council members and county commissioners to serve them well when it comes to the location of these medical cannabis facilities.

While the General Assembly has only legalized medical marijuana, which is a decision I wholeheartedly support, local government cannot be so short sighted as to just focus on today and ignore tomorrow. The point in the implementation of Maryland's medical cannabis laws has arrived where council members and commissioners must exercise county government's long standing authority on land use matters. As the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Executive Director Hannah L. Byron confirmed at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference, these...

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