Maryland: Losing Companies Seek Answers on Medical Cannabis Licensing Decisions

The state's medical cannabis commission plans to reveal its rankings of prospective growers and processors this week, as complaints mount about the lack of diversity among the winning companies.

Dr. Paul Davies, chairman of the medical cannabis commission, said the selections were made without commissioners knowing the identity or background of the applicants. He said he's "very happy" that some of the winning companies are run by women or racial minorities.

Racial diversity was was not a factor in deciding which applicants were awarded licenses to grow and process the drug this month.


Maryland Law Firm Partners With Colorado Tech Firm on Medical Marijuana Efforts

Maryland entrepreneurs seeking to get into the marijuana business will have a new boost of extra help following the rules thanks to a Colorado tech firm.

Maryland law firm Offit Kurman, which has offices in Bethesda and Baltimore, formed an exclusive alliance with Denver-based Adherence Compliance to offer automated compliance software and services for the cannabis industry, it announced Friday.

The technology conducts audits and provides quantitative risk assessment applications and consulting services for companies in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.


Economic Leaders Expect Boost From Medical Cannabis in Maryland

There are two finalists for licenses from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in Worcester County.  One processor and one grower made the final 15, respectively.  Economic leaders in Worcester County believe the two cannabis business could provide a big economic boost to the county.


Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Identifies Medical Marijuana Growers and Processors

The state has awarded preliminary licenses to more than 20 companies to grow and process marijuana in Maryland, a major step forward in the effort to make medical cannabis available to patients in Maryland.

Licenses were awarded Monday to companies across the state, from Washington County in Western Maryland to Worcester County on the Eastern Shore. They plan to grow marijuana plants and turn them into pills, oils, extracts and other products for patients suffering from a range of illnesses.

Several of the winning applicants have political connections.


Massive Cannabis Recalls in Colorado Underscore Need for Organic Approach in Maryland

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It was a only a matter of weeks after the November 6th deadline to apply for a Maryland medical cannabis grower’s license before the public outcry over Colorado recalls began. In March of this year, the Denver Post reported more than 10 recalls in less than a month. A commonly used pesticide has driven massive recalls in Colorado, prompting concerns over crop safety and product integrity, particularly within the state of Maryland.


The PTSD Marijuana Study Is Now Recruiting Veteran Volunteers

Researchers in Maryland and Arizona are looking for veteran volunteers to smoke up to two joints a day in a new study designed to find out if marijuana helps relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We’re not arguing that cannabis is a cure, but our hypothesis is that it will at least reduce the symptoms,” says physician and study organizer Dr. Sue Sisley.

The $2.2 million study, paid for by a grant from the state of Colorado to the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, will be conducted at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sisley’s Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.


Davis wants to relax restrictions on past marijuana use for police recruits in Maryland

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts.

Davis will lead a committee to review the current standard of the Maryland Police Training Commission, which sets hiring policy for law enforcement in the state. Police applicants are disqualified from becoming officers if they have used marijuana more than 20 times in their lives or five times since turning 21 years old.


Maryland MMJ Patients Still Don't Have Legal Access to Meds

Maryland legalized medical marijuana all the way back in April of 2014, albeit with a glaring issue in the legislation.


Maryland set to begin issuing medical marijuana licenses

The State of Maryland will begin issuing licenses for medical marijuana growers and processors as early as next month.

The program had been delayed for more than a year as state officials revised regulations and fees.

But Darrell Carrington, executive director of the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association, said expectant patients are one step closer to being able to fill their prescriptions.

"Well obviously, we're all very excited that patients will finally be getting access to the medicine they've been waiting for."


Maryland Local Doctors Plan to Open Lab to Test Medical Marijuana for Quality

A group of local doctors plans to open a medical marijuana testing facility in Columbia to ensure product quality in anticipation of a burgeoning therapeutic cannabis industry in Maryland.  

Testing is required by state law for cannabis growers, and this provided an opportunity for the group of four doctors, led by Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, chief of the division of gastroenterology at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

He said they were mindful of potential threats to some of their sickest patients from contaminants that could complicate conditions rather than alleviate pain and other symptoms.


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