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State issues preliminary marijuana growing licenses - including one in Montgomery

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Medical Marijuana

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.”

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Marijuana is still considered illegal

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.

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Officials, activists weigh police, criminal justice reforms

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scales of justiceSILVER 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.

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Magruder to hold marijuana symposium

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Marijuana 1ROCKVILLE – 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.

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