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Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes 

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $79,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $139,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : $289,000,000

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: Medical cannabis businesses are deemed essential and allowed to remain open. https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04.pdf }}

Over 50 dispensary licenses have been issued in Maryland and almost all are up and running. A 2016 law allows dentists, podiatrists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners to provide written cannabis certifications. While Maryland’s first medical cannabis law was passed in 2003, it wasn’t until 2014 that a dispensary system passed, and then a few more years later that product would be available. 

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes
(Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission) 

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): 2 per senatorial district (102 companies have pre-approvals, 50 Issued)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): 15 Allowed (There are currently 15 pre-approved growers but no licenses have been issued)

Note: Beginning June 1, 2018, the Commission may issue the number of pre-approvals of a licenses necessary to meet the demand for medical cannabis by qualifying patients in an affordable, accessible, secure and efficient manner.

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): No limit; will issue 15 in first round (0 issued but there are currently 15 Pre-approved Processors)

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): No limit (0 issued)

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: Dispensaries are Distributed by Senatorial District. No more than 2 dispensaries in each of the 47 senatorial districts.

Application Fee: 

Grower application fee= $6,000 (Stage 1: $2,000; Stage 2: $4,000);

Grower and Dispensary application fee= $11,000 (Stage 1: $3,000; Stage 2: $8,000);

Processor application fee= $6,000 (Stage 1: $2,000; Stage 2: $4,000);

Dispensary application fee= $5,000 (Stage 1: $1,000; Stage 2: $4,000);

Licensing Fees: 
Grower annual license fee = $125,000;

Grower and Dispensary annual licensing fee= $165,000;

Licensed Processor annual license fee = $40,000;

Licensed Dispensary annual license fee= $40,000;

Independent Testing Laboratory Registration fee= $100;

Independent Testing Laboratory Renewal fee= $100;

Residency Requirements: 

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 

1. Glaucoma
3. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in the patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care

4. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of such a condition that causes
(a) Cachexia or wasting syndrome
(b) Severe or debilitating chronic pain;
(c) Severe nausea;
(d) Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
(e) Severe or persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or crohn’s disease
(f) agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
(g) anorexia

5. A condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and for which the symptoms can reasonably be expected to be relieved by the use of medical marijuana. (Note: Maryland requires physicians to register for the conditions a given physician can write medical marijuana recommendations for. However, it should be noted that a physician could be approved to recommend for any condition if approved by the state Commission)

Testing Required: 


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