Residents, Community Groups Remain Vocal on Medical Cannabis Dispensary Locations

A Baltimore Sun article (2017-07-27) reported that residents and community groups continue to express concerns about the location of medical cannabis dispensaries and highlighted some of the zoning issues local governments must confront when deciding where to site the facilities. The article indicated that county residents and elected officials continue to grapple with the proper location … Continue reading Residents, Community Groups Remain Vocal on Medical Cannabis Dispensary Locations

Medical Cannabis is Coming to St. Mary’s

Medical cannabis is coming to Southern Maryland. The first medical cannabis dispensary in St. Mary’s County is expected to open in early September in Mechanicsville. The Bay Net reports, Representatives from Southern Maryland Relief LLC in Mechanicsville met with roughly two dozen citizens in the St. Mary’s County Library in Leonardtown Friday, June 30 to … Continue reading Medical Cannabis is Coming to St. Mary’s

Maryland Just Got Its First Licensed Grower of Medical Cannabis

Regulators have issued the first license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland, allowing a sprawling 2-acre warehouse in Anne Arundel County to immediately start cultivating the drug. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to grant final approval to a company called ForwardGro, more than four years after the state first legalized the medicinal … Continue reading Maryland Just Got Its First Licensed Grower of Medical Cannabis

Unfinished Business Over Medical Cannabis, Parental Rights Push Calls for Special Session

A Baltimore Sun article (2017-04-18) reported that the late-Session failure of two bills have prompted calls for the Maryland General Assembly to reconvene in a special session. The two bills dealt with issuing licenses to minority-owned medical cannabis firms and removing the parental rights of alleged rapists. From the article: In the final hours of this year’s session, … Continue reading Unfinished Business Over Medical Cannabis, Parental Rights Push Calls for Special Session

Legislative Black Caucus Calls for Special Session on Medical Cannabis

The head of the Legislative Black Caucus said Tuesday her organization wants Governor Larry Hogan to recall the General Assembly to Annapolis for a one-day special session to pass a law expanding the medical marijuana industry. That legislation failed in the waning minutes of the annual 90-day session on Monday night, ending a months-long fight … Continue reading Legislative Black Caucus Calls for Special Session on Medical Cannabis

2017 MSBA Land Use Institute Tackles Takings, Medical Cannabis, Recent Land Use Case Law

The Real Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is hosting its 2017 Land Use Institute on May 5, from 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM at the Columbia Sheraton (10207, Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044). From the event webpage: 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Opening & Welcome 9:10 a.m. … Continue reading 2017 MSBA Land Use Institute Tackles Takings, Medical Cannabis, Recent Land Use Case Law

Hogan Appoints Patient Advocate to Medical Cannabis Commission

A Washington Post article (2016-10-07) reported that Maryland Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan has appointed a new member to the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Patient advocate Saundra Washington will replace former Commissioner Deborah Miran. The appointment comes as the Commission is facing a lawsuit challenging the Commission’s decision to ensure geographic diversity when awarding preliminary … Continue reading Hogan Appoints Patient Advocate to Medical Cannabis Commission

Diversity Concerns Threaten Current Medical Cannabis License Awards

Several Washington Post articles reported that concerns over the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s handling of geographic and racial diversity issues during its review of grower applicants could result in both legislation and litigation, potentially jeopardizing the current application progress. Racial Diversity A Washington Post article (2016-09-10) discussed the recent concerns raised by some legislators and minority … Continue reading Diversity Concerns Threaten Current Medical Cannabis License Awards

Medical Cannabis Creates Economic Opportunities for Support Industries

A Frederick News-Post article (2016-09-04) reported that Maryland’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry poses economic opportunities for the businesses and services needed to support it. The article highlighted the decision of Frederick-based Stulz USA to expand its production of atmospheric control units for data centers to include medical cannabis growing and processing facilities. From the article: Stulz … Continue reading Medical Cannabis Creates Economic Opportunities for Support Industries

Medical Cannabis Update at #MACoCon

Attendees to the 2016 MACo Summer Conference heard an update on medical cannabis at the “Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission: Questions and Answers for Public Officials” on August 20. Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Executive Director Patrick Jameson and Ex Officio Commission Member Allison Taylor responded to audience questions about the status of the application process for medical … Continue reading Medical Cannabis Update at #MACoCon