Maryland Flooded With Almost 900 Medical Marijuana Applications

MARYLAND: Applicants seeking to be among the first in the state to legally grow, process or dispense medical marijuana flooded the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission with 882 submissions before a recent deadline, meaning interest in the nascent industry far outpaces available licenses.

The huge number also means officials have been wading through mounds of additional applications since a submission period closed Nov. 6. The medical cannabis commission said that evening it had processed 355 applications with many more to go.

But the state updated its statistics Thursday, adding that most among the new tally of 882 applications were from those seeking to sell medical marijuana. The medical cannabis commission received 705 dispenser license applications, 102 grower license applications and 75 processor license applications. The application period opened in September.

Medical Marijuana Moves Closer To Reality In Maryland

MARYLAND:  With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.

The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.

“This is a big step in the right direction,” said Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a physician who championed the legalization of medical marijuana in the General Assembly. “This should make the program operational, though there should be adjustments every year or so for the next few years as we learn from our experience.”