The Maryland cannabis market matters more than companies may realize

The grass is getting much greener for the cannabis industry on the East Coast, as Maryland continues to ramp up the licensing of dispensaries.


How does medical marijuana help glaucoma patients?

How does medical marijuana help glaucoma patients? The answer is multi-layered and complex.

One of the many uses of medical marijuana is its use as a treatment for glaucoma.

This optic nerve condition can lead to loss of vision or blindness without medical assistance. Marijuana has long been hailed for its ability to reduce eye pressure, which causes glaucoma. Here we explore the question: How does medical marijuana help glaucoma patients?

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The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, prompting health departments to go full force.

The number of people with severe synthetic weed-related illness keeps rising. Hospitals are reporting more and more cases of serious bleeding, seizures, hallucinations and violent behavior—all due to synthetic cannabis.

As of this week, the threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland.


Maryland lawmakers OK medical marijuana bill on last day

A measure to help improve diversity in Maryland's new medical marijuana industry received final approval by the General Assembly on Monday, as lawmakers worked toward a midnight deadline when the legislative session is scheduled to end.

Maryland lawmakers also will be working on measures designed to improve school safety and fight crime.

The medical marijuana measure increases the number of grower licenses from 15 to as many as 22. Two licenses are set aside for two companies that sued over the licensing process and four more will be up for grabs.


Efforts to diversify medical marijuana in Maryland move forward

Efforts to diversify medical marijuana in Maryland move forward with a new bill.

Legislators say that efforts to diversify medical marijuana in Maryland move forward after amendments to the bill are made.

In January, a disparity study ordered by Gov. Larry Hogan determined that women and minorities lack representation in the industry. Currently, minorities own only one of the cannabis processing companies licensed by the state.

Lawmakers had hoped to set aside a portion of the state’s medical marijuana licenses for businesses with minority ownership. But Attorney General Brian Frosh determined such a plan would violate the state’s constitution.


Maryland Senate committee approves medical marijuana bill

A Maryland Senate committee has passed a measure to increase the number of licenses for medical marijuana growers from 15 to as many as 22.

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Friday that was previously passed by the House. It now goes to the full Senate.

The measure was introduced to increase minority-business ownership, but not all new licenses would go to minority businesses.

It would grant a grower’s license to a black-owned company, as well as two companies that initially were bumped out of position in the licensing process to promote geographic diversity.

The remaining licenses would be decided in a process that gives preference to minority-owned businesses.


Maryland looks to change up marijuana policies

State lawmakers are pushing to relax policies around marijuana possession while tightening others. 

Lawmakers in Maryland reevaluated some of the state’s marijuana policies this week, with the state Senate voting to increase the amount of pot that a person can carry without facing legal charges, but at the same time making it illegal to smoke marijuana as a driver or a passenger in a car. 


State lawmakers want to triple the limits of marijuana possession

In Maryland, state lawmakers want to triple the limits of marijuana possession before one incurs criminal penalties rather than civil.

Maryland state lawmakers want to triple the limits of marijuana possession that one may have on their person. The state Senate passed a bill Monday that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of weed. Currently, the limit is 10 grams. Offenders possessing less than that amount face only civil penalties. Larger amounts incur criminal charges.

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More medical marijuana dispensaries open in Maryland

Just over three months since the first few medical marijuana dispensaries opened their doors amid a shortage of products and some technical difficulties, more than 30 cannabis outlets have opened in Maryland.

The 34 dispensaries are maintaining regular hours and are located in all corners of the state, according to a review by The Sun. They are in a dozen counties and Baltimore City, with five more dispensaries licensed but not yet open in five jurisdictions.

There are 102 dispensaries approved by the state.

“The inspections of the additional dispensaries are continuing,” according to Jennifer White, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.


Maryland may put a cannabis legalization measure on this year’s ballot

Maryland voters may have a chance to decide whether or not to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana this year, if state legislators succeed in adding a referendum to the general election ballot in November.

The proposed ballot question would allow voters to legalize the possession of up to one ounce of weed by any adult, and would also establish a regulated, taxed retail sales market.


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