Maryland medical marijuana hopefulls ready to grow

The greenhouse business isn’t what it used to be for Larry Gude.

To meet changing demands, the owner of Gude Brothers Greenhouse in Middletown has switched from selling ornamental plants to lettuce. Now, he’s eyeing a less conventional plant — medical cannabis, or medical marijuana.

“There is a genuine need out there, for health reasons,” he said. “That’s the part we like about it.”

If Gude was to get serious about making the switch, though, he would face a major roadblock.

His greenhouse is out on a rural country road, and Frederick County’s current zoning laws wouldn’t allow medical marijuana to be grown, processed or distributed on agricultural property, said Larry Smith, the county’s zoning administrator.

As far as what zones would allow the businesses, Smith said the county’s rules aren’t yet sorted out. He said he will have

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