On Monday, three medical marijuana growers were granted their final licenses, even though they failed to meet state deadline.
The state’s one-year deadline, requiring medical marijuana growers to start growing by August 15 has not prevented three firms that missed the target date to obtain their final licenses. Two other firms also missed the deadline, but were not yet ready to become operational. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted to grant those companies formal extensions.
Fourteen out of the 15 firms selected a year ago will become the first suppliers in the market. The Legislative Black Caucus has criticized how the marijuana regulators selected and approved the firms, none of which were owned by African-Americans. The political organization said future African-American companies would be put at a competitive disadvantage.
In April, Hogan vowed to access racial disparity in the medical cannabis industry.