DE and MD Grapple with Marijuana

Sep 5, 2017

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The first legal crop of marijuana has started to grow in Maryland. And industry officials say products should be available in medical marijuana dispensaries by 2018.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that at least two licensed cultivators have marijuana plants growing. They are ForwardGro in Anne Arundel County and Curio Wellness in Baltimore County.

The cannabis seeds have been planted four years after Maryland legalized the plant for medical use. Since then, nearly 20 companies have been cleared to grow, process and sell the plant.

The marijuana will be harvested and taken to an independent laboratory for quality testing. Some will be processed into oils, creams and capsules.
    

Patrick Jameson, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said "the market will determine how this moves forward."
 

Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state task force charged with studying and recommending how legalized marijuana would be administered in Delaware is meeting soon to chart a path forward.
The panel, which meets Wednesday, was established by a resolution passed by state lawmakers in early July after a bill that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana failed to garner enough support in the legislature.
Issues to be studied by the task force include taxation, banking, local authority and control, consumer safety and substance abuse prevention, packaging and labeling requirements, impaired driving and other criminal law concerns.
The panel is scheduled to submit a report to the governor and General Assembly by Jan. 31.