First Maryland medical marijuana grow operation approved

First Maryland medical marijuana grow operation approved

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Regulators have issued the first license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland, allowing a sprawling 2-acre warehouse in Anne Arundel County to immediately start cultivating the drug. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission unanimously granted final approval to a company called ForwardGro Wednesday, more than four years after the state first legalized the medicinal use of pot. "A new industry in Maryland has been launched," said Patrick Jameson, executive director of the commission . "They can start to grow immediately." ForwardGro officials said they expect their product to be available to patients early this fall. "I’m overjoyed," said Gail Rand, the company’s CFO. She started lobbying the Maryland General Assembly more than five years ago to legalize marijuana, hoping the drug would minimize her son Logan’s epileptic seizures. One of the company’s initial cannabis strains was selected to treat Logan’s symptoms. ForwardGro was the first of 15 companies granted preliminary licenses in August 2016 to earn final approval to grow the drug. Since then, the industry has been subject to political controversy and two lawsuits over how the potentially lucrative licenses were awarded. Also on Wednesday, the commission suspended the preliminary growing license for another of the 15 initial winners, MaryMed LLC. Commissioner Dario Broccolino said MaryMed has repeatedly failed to produce documents related to the firm’s parent company, Vireo Health, and its operations in New York and Minnesota. Broccolino and commission officials declined to discuss their specific concerns. But prosecutors in Minnesota have accused two of Vireo Health’s former top officials of illegally moving $500,000 in marijuana oil from the company’s Minnesota facilities to its New York operation. One of the former officials faces felony drug charges in Minnesota. Current Vireo Health officials were not immediately available for comment Wednesday, but in the past have denied any wrongdoing. MaryMed’s […]

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