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Maryland lawmakers reach deal on medical marijuana licenses, making more minority owners likely

The Maryland House and Senate have reached an agreement on the thorny issue of expanding the state’s nascent medical marijuana cultivating industry to give minorities an ownership role.

The House of Delegates on Saturday approved a compromise measure by a wide margin that would allow the state to issue 20 new licenses for growing or processing marijuana in a way that assures racial diversity among the firms that win them.The Senate is expected to ratify the proposal on Monday, the final day of the General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session. The bill would then go to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.

“It’s great, great,” said Del. Cheryl Glenn, the Baltimore Democrat who has led the fight for an expanded role for African-Americans and other minorities who were left out in the first round of grower’s license awards. “We are breaking ground with legislating diversity.”

“The governor is glad the General Assembly appears to be making progress on fixing the disparity in the industry,” she said. [Read more @ Baltimore Sun]


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