Medical Marijuana in Maryland: State Receives Over 1,000 License Applications
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission received over 1,000 applications for licenses for the state's medical marijuana program, with the majority of the applications being for dispenser licenses.
Of the 1,081 applications that were submitted to the commission by the Nov. 6 deadline, 811 were sought from prospective dispenser licenses, reports WBAL. The state commission also revealed that many submitted applications in all 47 state Senate districts, despite the fact that each candidate is allowed to receive only one dispensary license, according to state regulations. Plus, the state will only grant 94 dispensary licenses in total throughout the entire state, with two in each Senate district.
According to the commission's figures anywhere from seven to 30 applications were submitted in each senatorial district. The data shows that seven applications were submitted in the 37th District, which includes the counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico. Meanwhile, the 209th District, which represents part of Montgomery County, received 30 dispensary applications.
In addition to the dispensary licenses, the commission received 146 applications for growers and 124 for processors statewide, reports The Associated Press.
"We're pleased to be able to share the official number of applications the Commission received by the submission deadline," said Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Executive Director Hannah Byron.
"Given the intense interest of the public and the media regarding this process, we have worked to keep the people of Maryland regularly apprised of our progress during this phase of the medical cannabis program. With the tabulations now finalized, we look forward to developing a revised rollout schedule based on the volume of applications received," he added
Although the first stage of license approvals was expected to be issued by January, officials said applicants can expect delays due to the high volume of applications.
In the meantime, Dr. Greg Daniel, the CEO of Alternative Medicine Maryland, said he aims to hire up to 100 people between a growing and processing facility in Easton and a dispensary in Glen Burnie.
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