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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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BALTIMORE (AP) - A university's pharmacy school has cancelled classes on growing medical marijuana.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the University of Maryland appears to be concerned about how the Trump Administration will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in nearly 30 states, including Maryland. And Maryland state law requires workers who are employed by growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories to have training in their areas.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new law that allows people with post-traumatic stress disorder to more easily gain access to medical marijuana.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that Gov. John Carney signed into law the Bravery Bill. It allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana card from any properly licensed physician. Previously, PTSD patients could only get approval for medical marijuana from a licensed psychiatrist.

Carney and other lawmakers noted the prevalence of PTSD among veterans in particular and the relief that marijuana could bring.

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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.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Regulators have given final approval to three more medical marijuana growers in Maryland.

Local news media outlets report that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission also granted final approval Monday to two processing companies.

The Washington Post reports that the commission extended a deadline for another 10 companies that were supposed to have final background checks and inspections done within one year of getting preliminary approval.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Cumberland says he hopes to open for business in November.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that one of three owners of the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary recently gave the newspaper an update on his business.

Sajal Roy says the dispensary has faced delays due to a lack of approved marijuana growers with available product. He also says he found he needed additional upgrades at the dispensary facility.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A newspaper has found that several experts who reviewed Maryland medical marijuana business applicants had ties to companies they reviewed.

The Washington Post obtained records that show potential conflicts of interest and reports that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is investigating. Final licenses are set to be awarded in August.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that finalists to become licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state can defend their interests against a legal challenge over how those finalists were picked.

The Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that barred the finalists from involvement in the case.

Alternative Medicine Maryland, an applicant not chosen, alleges in a lawsuit that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission didn't consider the racial diversity of the applicants for licenses as required.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An attorney for the state of Maryland is asking the state's highest court to allow finalists for licenses to grow medical marijuana to intervene in a lawsuit.

Julia Bernhardt, an assistant attorney general, said Thursday the finalists have a direct economic interest in the lawsuit's outcome. She says the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission can't represent their interests, because the panel represents the public interest.

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There will be a medical marijuana dispensary in Salisbury.

The Peninsula Alternative Health facility will be located on Snow Hill Road.

Mary Pat Hoffman, clinical director for the company, told WBOC that there are so many patients suffering from diseases and conditions that other therapies do not touch.

She hopes that the drug will lose its stigma when used for medical purposes.

The dispensary is expected to be similar to a retail pharmacy and could open by September.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland regulators have allowed the state's first medical marijuana dispensary to open its doors immediately even though the drug will not be available for months.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission approved the license for the Wellness Institute of Maryland on Wednesday. The first crop is not expected to be ready until after Labor Day, but owner Michael Kline says the company will take "pre-orders" Thursday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland's highest court on Friday agreed to hear arguments from attorneys who represent finalists for licenses to grow medical marijuana.

The attorneys say their clients should be allowed to intervene in a legal case that seeks to block a state commission from awarding any more licenses until a lawsuit is resolved.
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera ordered a stay on proceedings in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on a temporary court order that prevents more medical marijuana licenses to be awarded.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is holding the hearing Friday.

The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association is holding a "No More Delays" rally before the hearing. The group says Maryland patients have waited more than four years for access to medical cannabis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has temporarily blocked Maryland's medical marijuana commission from issuing licenses to companies to grow marijuana.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued the temporary restraining order on Thursday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the permissible uses for medical marijuana in Delaware has stalled in the state Senate.

The bill failed to win Senate passage Tuesday after several lawmakers noted that they were told after a committee hearing last month that it would be amended to address concerns from the medical industry about some of its provisions. No amendment was added, however.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A medical marijuana company is seeking an emergency motion forbidding the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing any final licenses to grow the drug.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Alternative Medicine Maryland asked a Baltimore judge on Monday to issue a temporary injunction since the commission appears poised to grant final licenses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill expanding the permissible uses for medical marijuana in Delaware.

The measure to be voted on Tuesday adds debilitating anxiety to the list of conditions and illnesses for which medical marijuana can be prescribed. The anxiety definition includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety.

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It looks like Delaware could be getting its second medical marijuana dispensary in the next few weeks.

It will be located just outside of Lewes and would serve more than 500 licensed patients in Sussex County.

The new facility First State Compassion Center South is owned by retired state trooper Mark Lally who also owns the other operation near Wilmington.

Critics say this still not comply with the state that law requires all three counties to have facilities.

There was an unsuccessful lawsuit that challenged Lally’s monopoly on the dispensaries.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland legislative panel is recommending the House of Delegates reprimand a lawmaker for his roles in shaping medical marijuana legislation and working as a consultant for a company seeking a license to grow marijuana.

A copy of the ethics committee's report on Del. Dan Morhaim was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland companies say the state is wrongly refusing to explain why they were abruptly bumped off a list of 15 finalists to be licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state.
Green Thumb Industries and Maryland Cultivation and Processing have asked a Baltimore judge to decide whether the state is abusing right to keep internal deliberations secret.   

Assistant Attorney General Heather Nelson cited that rule in more than 80 objections to attorneys' questions during the January deposition of Deborah Miran.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A General Assembly ethics committee has hired outside counsel to help with its review of a lawmaker who was a leading advocate for medical marijuana while working as a consultant for an aspiring medical marijuana business.

Media outlets report that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller disclosed the hiring of the special counsel on Friday. He told The Baltimore Sun that the unusual move "means we take the case very seriously."

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A number of Lower Shore firms made it into the finals for to dispense medical marijuana.

OC Botanical LLC and Positive Energy LLC in Senate District 38 got the nod for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

Other applicants that got pre-approval were Peninsula Alternative Health LLC and Tilstar LLC in the state Senate District 37 covering Dorchester, Talbot and parts of Caroline and Wicomico Counties.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The names of finalists on the path to be licensed to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland are scheduled to be made public.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is set to release the names Friday.

Last week, the panel gave preliminary approval for 102 dispensaries in the state. They were chosen in a blind review designed to pick the most qualified applicants.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana panel is scheduled to choose finalists on the pathway for licenses to open marijuana dispensaries.

The commission is meeting Monday in Ellicott City.

There can be up to 109 dispensaries in Maryland. The law allows for up to two in each of the 47 state Senate districts. It also allows for each the state's 15 growers to apply for a license.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An applicant for a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland has sued a state commission for allegedly failing to consider racial diversity when the panel named the top 15 finalists.

Court documents show Alternative Medicine Maryland filed the suit Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court. The lawsuit seeks to stop the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from awarding licenses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A company that was awarded a contract two years ago to open Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary near Wilmington has won the bidding to open a similar facility in Sussex County.

Department of Health and Social Services officials confirmed Monday that First State Compassion Center, which opened the New Castle County facility last year, has been awarded the Sussex County contract.

First State Compassion Center is led by Mark Lally, a former state trooper who once served as U.S. Sen. Tom Carper's Sussex County director.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of a Maryland legislative ethics panel aren't saying whether they have decided to hold a full investigation into a delegate who was a leading architect of the state's medical marijuana law. He is also a consultant for a company that is a finalist to grow and process the drug.

Several lawmakers on the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics declined to comment after the nearly three-hour meeting Wednesday.

Sen. James DeGrange, who is the panel's co-chairman, told reporters after the meeting "everything is confidential."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission says the panel will work with the attorney general's office to address diversity concerns in the state's medical marijuana licensing process.

Dr. Paul Davies met for about an hour with Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday.

Davies says a group that will include commission staff members and members of the attorney general's office will be evaluating options. He says conducting a disparity study is on the table as a means of working to address the issue.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission is meeting with Maryland's attorney general to discuss diversity concerns in the state's marijuana licensing process.

Dr. Paul Davies is scheduled to meet with Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday.

Critics have noted a lack of diversity in applicants selected as finalists to grow and process marijuana. Davies wrote last week that the commission is committed to promoting racial diversity in the state's developing medical marijuana industry.