US: Maryland releases draft cannabis regulations in preparation for legalization

Last week the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MSA) released its draft emergency regulations for the state’s adult-use marijuana market, which is set to come online on July 1. The draft regulations are subject to review by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) and do not go into effect until approved by the AELR Committee and printed in the Maryland Register. The approval could come as soon as 10 business days after the AELR receives the draft regulations. Once approved, the emergency regulations remain in effect for up to 180 days.

The 41-page draft regulations set definitions, codify personal possession limits, lay out responsibilities for regulators, explain the upcoming licensing protocols—especially for social equity applicants during the upcoming application window—clarify enforcement authorities and penalties and outline packaging and labeling requirements.

There is a significant focus in the draft regulations on converting existing medical marijuana licenses to dual medical and adult-use licenses, which is required in order for existing businesses to continue operating after July 1. The regulations also cover the permissible activities and fees for all of the different license types, including standard licenses, micro licenses, incubators, and on-site consumption facilities.


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