Medical marijuana options weighed in Maryland

As a delegate, Steve Schuh opposed making medical marijuana available in Maryland. As county executive, he now has to figure out how Anne Arundel County will deal with a law that will soon allow just that.

To consider what to do, Schuh last week convened a roundtable of local officials.

Applications for licenses to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana will become available from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission starting in September.

But the new state measure gives local jurisdictions a say on regulating such businesses through their planning and zoning laws. That leaves county officials mulling the impact on residents and on local government.

Schuh will decide if the county will allow the growth and dispensing of medical marijuana and regulate where it can take place — or ban it altogether by amending county planning and zoning laws.

The county executive said Friday he had made no decision yet on...

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