Maryland Marijuana Laws

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APRIL 14, 2014 –
On April 14th, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley signed House Bill 881* into law. The bill, now known as the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission*, is currently being developed for qualifying patients in Maryland. If you or someone you know is suffering from cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe muscle spasms, the state of Maryland has approved the use of medical cannabis as a treatment. The MMCC is currently collecting applications from dispensaries and growers and is planning to have the full program in place by June of 2016. In September of 2015, the state will begin accepting applications from patients, but they have not yet made forms or information available to the public.

Maryland does not plan to allow patients or caregivers the right to grow marijuana, only to possess it and purchase it from state-licensed dispensaries. The law allows patients to carry up to a 30-day supply of marijuana with them at any given time, but the commission still needs to clarify an actual amount. The MMCC has published a proposed timeline, which can viewed on their website here. If you are a qualifying patient in Maryland, we encourage you to stay informed about your medical marijuana rights by checking back for updates on applications, dispensaries and registration cards.

House Bill 881 and SB 923, Maryland became the 21st state to legalize Medical Marijuana.  Gov. O’Malley signed twin bills HB881 & SB923 making medical marijuana use legal for certain health conditions. Included in the health conditions were “Any condition that is severe [or] for which other medical treatments have been ineffective,” and to treat symptoms that “reasonably can be expected to be relieved by the medical use of cannabis.”
The laws passed allow for qualifying patients to carry up to a 30-day supply of medical cannabis, and provide patient ID cards. It also permits Maryland State licensed dispensaries to distribute medical marijuana.
SB 364, was also signed into law by O’Malley which decriminalized possession of small amounts (10 grams or less) of Marijuana.

MAY 12, 2015 –
House Bill 490 signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.  House Bill 490 is basically revisions and modifications to existing medical marijuana legislation.

JUNE 26, 2015 –
Proposed draft regulations were published in the Maryland Register, and the 30-day public comment period, ended on July 27, 2015.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 –
Rules and Regulations for Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission become effective.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 –
Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) begins accepting applications from qualified entities to cultivate, process and sell Medical Cannabis.

NOVEMBER 12, 2015 –
Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announces they received 882 applications, and Initial deadline for announcing phase one of approvals has been extended.

Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Announces
Revised Scoring Timeline for Grower and Processor License Applications

BALTIMORE (Dec. 21, 2015) – The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC)
today announced its revised review and scoring timeline for the 146 grower license applications and 124
processor license applications it received by the November 6 deadline. An updated schedule for the
scoring of 811 dispensary license applications will be forthcoming.

“Before medicine can be dispensed, it has to be grown, processed, tested and packaged,” said MMCC
Executive Director Hannah Byron. “Therefore, we will first issue Stage One approvals for grower and
processor licenses, with Stage One approval for dispensary licenses to follow. This sequential approach
mirrors the operational needs of the program and represents the most efficient means of processing
each category of application.”

Under the updated timeline, the Commission anticipates issuing Stage One approvals for grower and
processor applicants by summer 2016. The schedule for Stage One approval of dispensary applicants will
be announced in the near future.

Many seeking dispensary licenses submitted applications for multiple senatorial districts. As a result, a
meaningful percentage of the 811 total dispensary applications received are not materially different
from one another. The Commission is in contact with applicants who filed for dispensary licenses in
multiple jurisdictions to determine the final number of unique dispensary applications that must be
reviewed and scored.

The Commission anticipates having the final number of unique dispensary applications that must be
evaluated in January, at which time a notification timeline will be announced regarding dispensary
applications.

Once applicants receive Stage One approval from the Commission, they can immediately begin fulfilling
any outstanding requirements for formal licensure and final inspection by the Commission. While Stage
One awardees have 365 days to meet any outstanding obligations, it is anticipated some applicants will
do so in advance of the deadline.

Among the steps applicants may have to complete to secure final licensing are raising capital, acquiring
real estate, securing local zoning approvals, construction of facilities, installation of equipment and
systems and the hiring and training of staff. Applicants with ready access to capital or already in
possession of adequate real estate, for example, may be in a position to complete the licensing process
much more quickly.

“Based on published news reports, it appears many applicants have already begun preparing for the
final stage of the licensing process,” said MMCC Chairman Dr. Paul W. Davies. “This proactive approach
on the part of applicants certainly will help expedite the program’s rollout schedule so that Maryland
patients can begin receiving medicine at the earliest possible date.”

The Commission has worked with Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) to
develop the revised timeline for the review and scoring of applications. RESI has been commissioned by
MMCC to conduct the professional evaluation of applicants seeking licensure as medical cannabis
growers, processors and dispensers within the state. RESI is processing the applications that meet the
mandatory qualifications criteria; its team is then assigning unique identifying numbers to each
application and separating each application into sections that will be evaluated by third‐party evaluators
who are subject matter experts.

Using the scores provided by the subject matter experts, RESI will aggregate the scores from each
application, taking into account the weighting comprehensively outlined in the application. RESI will rank
the applications based on these scores for the Commission to review. The Commission will make the
final decision on issuing licenses.

Under applicable state regulations, the Commission can award a maximum of 15 grower licenses, an
unlimited number of processor licenses and up to two dispensary licenses in each of the state’s
senatorial districts.

About the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission develops policies, procedures and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner. The Commission oversees all licensing, registration, inspection and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, physicians, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.