Officials knew Maryland’s medical marijuana program has had a lot of interest, but apparently they didn’t expect as many applications as they received.
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission reports that it received a total of 882 applicants for licenses to grow, process or dispense medical marijuana. Only two dispensaries will be permitted per senatorial district.
Most of the applications — 705– were to operate dispensaries. Roughly 100 applications were for grow operations. Only 15 will be accepted. Another 75 were for processors.
The Commission received so many applications that the medical marijuana program probably won’t be up and running as soon as originally thought. The original timeline was in January, 2016, but now it’ll be pushed back.
“We couldn’t be more pleased by the tremendous response to the application process,” said Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Executive Director Hannah Byron.
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