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District Cannabis Unveils New State-of-the Art Cultivation Center in Maryland

District Cannabis, the standard bearer of premium medical cannabis in the DMV region, announced the completion of their pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, MD.  The facility, which was made possible due to a successful capital raise of $9.2 M,  will produce  consistently  high-quality cannabis to meet Maryland's growing patient demand.

The Hagerstown facility's footprint will ultimately encompass more than 82,000 sq ft, including the recently completed Phase 1 high-tech grow rooms, and the Phase 2 expansion planned for later this year.  The cultivation complex, upon completion of Phase 2,  is expected to yield more than 6 times the current production capacity.


Maryland Farmers Look for Guidelines On Hemp

The meeting room was packed on Jan. 15 for the Maryland Hemp Exchange Roundtable.

Hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau, the roundtable included speakers Jim Drews, operations manager with the Office of Plant Industries & Pest Management of the Maryland Department of Agriculture; Dan Galluzzo and Eryck Stamper from the Maryland Hemp Exchange; and Kevin Atticks, founder & CEO of Grow & Fortify.

Attendees came hoping for guidelines on Maryland’s hemp production plans and regulations. Fred Coulbourn, who owns 38 acres in Caroline County, hopes to get in on the production ground floor.

“There’ll be an abundance of growers once hemp catches on,” Coulbourn said. “They’ve got to take it past the growing to processors and markets.”


Recreational marijuana is inevitable in Maryland, we should make sure we’re prepared

While Maryland lawmakers have signaled they likely won’t legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the 2020 legislative session as some had hoped, it’s only a matter of time before they eventually do. A dozen other states already have, roughly two dozen — including Maryland — have decriminalized small amounts of the drug, and three dozen states (again, including Maryland) and U.S. territories have paved the way through comprehensive public medical cannabis programs.


As medical marijuana products come to Maryland, so do regulations

New medical marijuana products will soon be available in Maryland. Cannabis edibles, like cookies, brownies and various forms of candy, will be made and sold at authorized dispensaries.

Patients say it's a welcome option, but the state is scrambling to come up with rules and regulations to keep people, especially children, safe.

Ariana Foote is a medical cannabis patient. She puts it in a variety of foods, like pasta, butter, brownies and olive oil. She uses it to treat symptoms of depression and anxiety and to help her sleep.


University of Maryland offering first of its kind master's program in cannabis

The University of Maryland is now offering a master’s degree in cannabis that is being billed as the first in the nation. In the two-year program, students will study the basics of medical marijuana, including the clinical uses and adverse effects of cannabis. Course work will also cover public health considerations and state and federal policy and legislation. Students who complete the program will earn the Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the university’s School of Pharmacy.


Hemp thefts skyrocket in the USA

It looks as though many hemp farmers in the USA have been facing an uphill battle in protecting their crops from pests – the two-legged kind.

It wasn’t that long ago news of hemp theft wasn’t all that common, but with so many states now permitting cultivating the crop and harvest season in play, incidents are being reported daily.

Among the instances of plants being stolen reported across the country over the last few weeks:


20 States expected to fully legalize marijuana by 2024

The legal marijuana industry is budding before our eyes. What had once been considered a taboo industry that was swept under the rug by lawmakers has now become a front-and-center issue, as well as a big-time moneymaker for investors and companies involves in the pot industry.


Synthetic marijuana found in CBD products across multiple States

CBD edibles and vapes spiked with a variety of synthetic marijuana compounds have found their way to consumers in Louisiana, Maryland and nearly a dozen other states, according to a nationwide Associated Press investigation into unregulated cannabidiol products. Synthetic marijuana, often marketed as K2 or Spice, has been linked to mass hospitalizations and other health emergencies across the U.S. and Europe.


Maryland Court rules pot smell not enough for police to search person

Bob Dylan wrote his indelible classic “The Times They Are a-Changin’” at a moment of enormous political and cultural upheaval in the country. Nearly 60 years later, the lyrics have been invoked—in a court of law, no less—to capture the winds of change in marijuana policy.


Two plead guilty to using United States Postal Service to traffic marijuana

Two men, one of whom is a Baltimore mail carrier, have pleaded guilty to smuggling marijuana into the city through the U.S. Postal Service. Both men face decades in federal prison as punishment for their convictions, according to a report in local media.

Michael Gray pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana this week and could spend up to 20 years in prison for his role in the smuggling operation. William McRae, an employee of the Postal Service, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and faces incarceration of up to 40 years.


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