Last week, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission granted license pre-approvals for companies to begin cultivating and processing marijuana in Maryland, including one processing organization in Montgomery County: Rosebud Organics, LLC.
The commissioners offered preliminary licenses to 15 growers and 15 processors, located throughout the state, though commission Executive Director Patrick Jameson stated, “A pre-approval is not a license.”
Instead, the pre-approval allows growers and processors to demonstrate they have the money and support to sustain an operation, according to Marc Harvill, a licensing service consultant and training manager at Medicine Man Technologies in Colorado.
According to Harvill, medical marijuana groups “are going to have to prove they have the capital.”
In 2014 the Maryland General Assembly changed Maryland law as to the penalties that can be imposed for possession of marijuana, so that possession of less than 10 grams is now considered a civil offense punishable by a fine and not a criminal defense. Whether this change in the law affects searches and seizures in Maryland was explored in an opinion last month from Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals in a case called Joshua Bowling v. State.
TAKOMA PARK— A City Council member said he is sure a medical marijuana dispensary should be located in Takoma Park but a couple of things have to happen first.
TAKOMA PARK – First, Taco Bell. Then, pot.
On Monday, the City Council approved a site plan to locate a Taco Bell restaurant along New Hampshire Avenue by a 5-2 vote.
SILVER SPRING – Local politicians and activists brainstormed solutions to mass incarceration, police misconduct and racial inequality in Maryland at a town hall panel July 2 organized by political organization Progressive Neighbors.
The forum focused on how the state of Maryland is addressing these issues as well as gun violence in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death and the riots that followed in Baltimore.
ROCKVILLE – Maryland and Washington D.C., like several other jurisdictions nationwide, have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana usage, but questions about the drug’s safety persist. Just how safe it is will be one of the key questions addressed at a symposium on drugs and alcohol at Magruder High School later this month.
ANNAPOLIS – After Maryland decriminalized small amounts of marijuana last year, some members of the General Assembly are looking to take it one step further: legalization.
Both the House of Delegates and the Senate now have bills up for hearing that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and over.