Maryland Judge Puts Medical Cannabis Licensing on 10-Day Hold

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BALTIMORE — A lawsuit aimed at diversifying Maryland’s medical marijuana industry has resulted in a temporary, 10-day ban on the issuance of full licenses to grow cannabis.

The ban comes over a week after it was announced that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issued its first full growing license to ForwardGro, an Anne Arundel County-based grower. The commission issued pre-approval licenses to 15 growers and 15 processors last August, giving those select groups the go-ahead to begin constructing their facilities.

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Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued the ban on Thursday.

Alternative Medicine Maryland, the plaintiff in the suit, took legal action against the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Oct. 31, 2016, with the goal of completely restarting the process of evaluating applications and issuing licenses.

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Source: Cannabis Business Times

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