Big cheers went up around the meeting room on Monday as Maryland medical cannabis regulators approved eight licenses for growing operations in the state, including two in Frederick County.
More than half of the 15 applicants chosen last year to cultivate medical cannabis in the state — which had until Monday to prove to the commission that they’re ready to operate — have now been approved. One grower, in Anne Arundel County, was authorized to operate in May.
The commission has asked the remaining four pre-approved applicants for a detailed explanation for their delay in applying for final approval.
The commission’s executive director, Patrick Jameson, noted that other companies are waiting to take the place of those not ready to operate. The commission has faced legal challenges from companies that had applications which scored well but were passed over for the sake of geographic diversity, and by minority business owners who say the current pre-approved applicants lack racial diversity.
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