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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure that aims to create opportunities for minority business owners to become licensed medical marijuana growers and processors.

The measure passed the Senate with a vote of 42-3 on Wednesday.  It would increase the number of licenses for medical marijuana growers from 15 to as many as 22. No black-owned companies in Maryland currently have these licenses. Two of the licenses would go to growers that narrowly missed getting licenses under previous legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to expand the number of licenses allowed to grow medical marijuana to increase minority business ownership.

The House voted 121-16 for the measure on Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The number of allowed growers would rise from 15 to 20. The measure also would cap the number of marijuana processors at 25.

None of the companies licensed so far to grow marijuana in Maryland has a black owner, even though about one-third of the state's population is black.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on whether to expand the number of licenses allowed to grow medical marijuana to increase minority business ownership.

The House is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

The number of allowed growers would rise from 15 to 20. The measure also would cap the number of marijuana processors at 25.

None of the companies licensed so far to grow marijuana in Maryland has a black owner, even though about one-third of the state's population is black.

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There is a new marijuana dispensary on the Lower Eastern Shore.

It’s located in West Ocean City just off Route 50.

WBOC reports that Positive Energy was licensed back in 2016 by the state.

This makes it the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Worcester County.

The dispensary requires patients to be registered with the state cannabis commission and must have a state certified medical provider.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A person who receives treatment through Maryland's new medical marijuana program may have to surrender his or her right to own a gun.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that concerns are growing over how federal gun laws will impact people who use medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Authorities have made it clear to gun dealers that they shouldn't sell to people who use marijuana medically.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Medical marijuana regulators in Maryland have approved 12 new dispensaries to open.

The Baltimore Sun reports the decision on Thursday more than doubles the number of businesses allowed to sell the drug in the state.

Still, regulators cautioned that the supply is still low. That means it could be hard to buy marijuana until at least March.

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Chairman Bryan Lopez says product is limited, and that officials expect that it will continue to be limited.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The executive director of Maryland's medical marijuana commission is resigning.

The panel announced Thursday that Patrick Jameson will resign, effective Nov. 30.

Jameson says it's been an honor to help sick people and launch a new lucrative industry in Maryland. He says the time has come for him to pursue other interests.

The commission is beginning a search for a new executive director. Jameson will assist with a transition plan. The commission says daily operations will continue as normal.

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The first crop of medical marijuana is already growing in Worcester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Shore Natural Rx told the Salisbury Daily Times that it hopes to be the first to hit the market.

The paper reports that the first plants have been taking leaf and will eventually undergo processing and state testing.

The facility covers an area of 35-thousand square feet and the company has invested $2 million turning the building into a green house.

The medical marijuana will be dispensed through third party dispensaries.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a lawsuit that could disrupt Maryland's fledgling medical marijuana industry can go to trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that a trial should determine whether state regulators acted improperly when they chose certain companies to award lucrative licenses to grow the drug.

State lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the case.

At issue are two of the state's medical marijuana licenses awarded to companies that did not rank among the top 15 applicants.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's medical marijuana program is continuing to grow.

The program's oversight panel was to get an update Tuesday on plans to open new dispensaries in New Castle and in Kent County.

New York-based Columbia Care, which operates medical marijuana facilities in five states and the District of Columbia, was awarded the contract for the Kent County dispensary, which is expected to open in the spring.

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