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Lawmaker Plans Measure to Boost Medical Marijuana Diversity

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Lawmaker Plans Measure to Boost Medical Marijuana Diversity

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The head of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland says she plans to introduce emergency legislation early next year to address the lack of diversity in companies chosen as finalists to be licensed to grow and process medical marijuana in the state.

Del. Cheryl Glenn discussed the plans Friday during a meeting of members of women and minority-owned businesses. Glenn says she plans to sponsor emergency legislation she hopes will pass early in the session and be enacted early next year.

The Baltimore Democrat says plans could include expanding the number of licenses allowed to grant licenses to minority applicants. She says “everything is on the table.”

Maryland’s medical marijuana commission has selected 15 grower finalists and 15 processor finalists.

Do you think the cannabis industry needs to embrace more diversity?

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ed

    September 25, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Though I support diversity in the program wholeheartedly, this move delays the implementation of the program as the new legislation wouldn’t take effect until next October (2017) and then the selection process for growers and processors starts again. Maryland is looking at probably 2 years before implementation. Money and politics over the needs of patients. You’d think our illustrious and bright legislators could figure out how to solve the diversity issue and implement the program simultaneously…

  2. Lawrence Goodwin

    September 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing the info, CannabisNow. We should also start factoring in the rapidly growing value of Industrial and Nutritional cannabis. All four types of cannabis commerce—Industrial, Medicinal, Nutritional and Recreational—are basically inseparable. They are all supplied by the same dioecious plant species, Cannabis (and its many varieties), whose flowers, leaves, seeds and stalks always have offered people worldwide a better quality of life. Grow cannabis “everywhere,” President George Washington had commanded so long ago. He would certainly be appalled by the ongoing, ruthless anti-“marihuana” actions of our federal, state and local governments—such actions themselves are the real crimes in our constitutional republic.

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