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Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Announces 
Grower and Processor License Pre-Approvals

Baltimore, MD (August 15, 2016) -The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (“MMCC”) today announced the names of the 15 Growers and 15 Processors who have been awarded Stage One license pre-approvals. The Commission’s actions mark a giant step forward for the medical cannabis program in Maryland.

Dr. Paul W. Davies, Chairman of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission stated, “I’m excited that we have a great number of outstanding companies willing to help sick people in Maryland.” The potential licensees comprise a diverse group of principals, executives and corporate officers including Maryland residents associated with long-time established Maryland businesses, entrepreneurs, women and minority-operated enterprises. Seven of the Processors are affiliated with Growers who received Stage One pre-approvals.

The Commissioners’ selections for Grower entities and locations are:

Curio Cultivation LLC

Baltimore County

Doctors Orders Maryland LLC

Dorchester County

Forward Gro LLC

Anne Arundel County

Freestate Wellness LLC

Howard County

Green Leaf Medical LLC

Frederick County

Grow West MD LLC

Garrett County

Harvest of Maryland LLC

Washington County

HMS Health LLC

Frederick County

Holistic Industries LLC

Prince George’s County

Kind Therapeutics USA LLC

Washington County

Maryland Compassionate Care

and Wellness LLC

Carroll County

MaryMed LLC

Dorchester County

Shore Natural Rx LLC

Worcester County

SunMed Growers LLC

Cecil County

Temescal Wellness of MD LLC

Baltimore City

 The Processor entities and locations are: 

AFS Maryland LLC

Wicomico County

Blair Wellness Center LLC

Worcester County

Chesapeake Alternatives LLC

Queen Anne’s County

Curio Manufacturing LLC

Baltimore County

Doctors Orders Maryland LLC

Dorchester County

FGM Processing LLC

Charles County

Holistic Industries LLC

Prince George’s County

Kind Therapeutics USA LLC

Washington County

Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC

Carroll County

MaryMed LLC

Dorchester County

Pharmaculture Corporation

Allegany County

Pro Green Medical LLC

Frederick County

Rosebud Organics LLC

Montgomery County

Seven Points

Agro-Therapeutics LLC

Prince George’s County

Temescal Wellness of MD

Baltimore City


The locations of the Growers and Processors span 16 counties and Baltimore City (see map), including Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester. Many Grower applicants who were highly qualified were not pre-approved due to statutory limitations on the number of growers.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s Executive Director, Patrick Jameson stated, “Now that the Commissioners have made their selections, the real work begins for these companies. We will implement a rigorous Stage Two background and financial due diligence process for these entities prior to issuing a license.  A pre-approval is not a license. I truly look forward to facilitating this nascent state wide industry and working with local, city, and county jurisdictions and with the principals of these organizations.” The Commissioners will vote for licensure once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete.

The Growers will cultivate a variety of strains ranging in cannabinoid content from a low to high spectrum of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), and the Processors will be manufacturing a wide variety of cannabis-infused products containing high and low CBD and THC extracts and in a variety of modes of administration. These pharmaceutical grade products will include oral forms such as oils, pills, capsules, tinctures; sublingual sprays; inhaled products and topical forms such as ointments, salves, and transdermal patches.

MMCC also commissioned the Towson University, Regional Economic Studies Institute “RESI” to coordinate the review of the Dispensary Applications by subject matter experts and to utilize the same process as for the Grower and Processor applications such as compiling the scores and application rankings. The Commissioners will review and vote on the Dispensaries (two per Senatorial district and potentially 15 additional for Growers who wish to be vertically integrated) with medicine tentatively becoming available by the summer of 2017.

Dr. Davies continued, “While we are aware there is a public interest in the rankings of the Grower and Processor applications, the rankings were merely used as an organizational tool.  The Commission will list the entities in alphabetical order. All of the chosen business entities have an equal opportunity to complete the licensing process.  At this stage, I am very happy with the Commissioners' choices."

Maryland received 145 grower applications, 124 processor applications and 811 dispensary license applications. Again, MMCC commissioned RESI to contract with third-party subject matter experts from around the United States to evaluate the applications using a double-blinded process. RESI assigned unique identifying numbers to each application prior to evaluation and review by subject matter experts and Commissioners. Application content comprised text and supporting documents redacted of all identifying information such as individual or entity applicant names and locations.  Once evaluated and scored by the subject matter experts, RESI compiled the scores and ranked the applications. The scored and ranked redacted Grower and Processor applications were then provided to Commissioners for review and final selection.
 

The 15 Grower and Processor potential licensees will continue on to Stage Two of the approval process, which will include extensive financial due diligence and background investigations by the MMCC of all those named in the original application and any other principals. Each entity that was issued a pre-approval will have 365 days from date of notification to complete all necessary steps to obtain a formal license and to request final inspection by the Commission. These steps include completing regulatory requirements, raising capital, acquiring real estate, securing local zoning approvals, construction of facilities, installation of equipment, and the hiring and training of staff. 

All applicants, including those who did not receive pre-approvals, were notified as to the status of their application by email and U.S. mail today. 

 

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Announces

102 Dispensary License Pre-Approvals

 

Baltimore, MD (December 9, 2016) – The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (“MMCC”) today announced the names of 102 Dispensary entities who have been awarded Stage One license pre-approvals from a total of 811 applications submitted for up to 109 available licenses statewide.  This marks the conclusion of this phase of the Grower, Processor, and Dispensary application process.  Each pre-awardee has 365 days from date of pre-approval to implement their operations.

Dr. Paul W. Davies, Chairman for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission stated, “These qualified entities will be on the front line providing medical cannabis to qualified patients in Maryland. They will have a tremendous responsibility in serving the legitimate needs of those patients that seek medical treatment.”  

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s Executive Director, Patrick Jameson stated, “These dispensaries will be the new face of the medical cannabis industry in Maryland, once final licenses are issued. The Commission has an expectation that these dispensaries will operate in an extremely professional manner.  Professional business operations will provide reassurance to the general public that these companies will have a positive impact on their communities.  The Commission will tightly regulate these dispensaries and looks forward to a productive working relationship with their management and staff.”  


Pursuant to COMAR requirements, the Commission was tasked to recommend pre-approval of up to two licensed Dispensaries per Senatorial District, other than the number of licensed grower dispensary facilities located in the Senatorial District.  The full Commission voted unanimously on 92 Dispensary applications for pre-approvals, as well as 10 pre-approvals associated with pre-approved Growers, for a total of 102.  Two Senatorial Districts had only 1 pre-approval for those Districts and the remaining Districts were awarded 2 pre-approvals. By regulation, a party is only permitted to have an interest in one license in the State of Maryland.

All 10 Grower pre-awardees who submitted a separate Dispensary application were awarded a Dispensary pre-approval. Each Grower-associated Dispensary application was evaluated and scored on its own separate merit, as with the remaining 92 pre-approvals.

MMCC commissioned the Regional Economic Studies Institute (“RESI”), a division of Towson University, to coordinate the review of the Dispensary applications by subject matter experts and to utilize the same process as used for the Grower and Processor applications, including compiling the scores and application rankings.  The Commissioners reviewed blinded applications which were redacted as to the applicant names, entity names, and locations, and used a Nobel Prize winning mathematical algorithm, most famously used by the “National Resident Matching Program”, to place applicants into Senatorial Districts, using both the applicant’s score and District preferences.  All applicants, including those who did not receive pre-approvals, were notified today as to the status of their application via email and US mail.

The pre-approved Dispensary entities will continue on to Stage Two of the approval process, which will include undergoing criminal background investigations, financial due diligence, and compliance inspections by the MMCC, as well as completing regulatory requirements, raising capital, securing local zoning approvals, and construction of facilities. The Commissioners will vote for licensure in a public meeting once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete. 

 

Entity Name                                                                   District

Advanced Alternative Therapies LLC

30

AGG Wellness LLC

42

Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary

1

Alternative Medicine Maryland LLC

32

AltPharm LLC

26

AmediCanna Dispensary LLC

12

B1 Earthgroup Inc.

14

Bethesda Biomedical Inc.

22

Blair Wellness Center LLC

43

Bloomworks Wellness LLC

3

Blu Pharms LLC

21

Blue Mountain LLC

34

Blue Ridge Wellness LLC

8

Budding Rose LLC

16

Cannabus LLC

15

CannaMD LLC

45

CannaPharmacy Maryland LLC

47

Cannavations MD LLC

11

Charm City Medicus LLC

6

Charm City Relief Partners LLC

44

Chesacanna Inc.

11

Chesapeake Alternatives LLC

16

Chesapeake Apothecary

28

Chesapeake Health Sciences

7

Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute LLC

40

Columbia Care MD LLC

18

Compassionate Herbal Alternatives Inc.

25

CWS LLC

42

DLD Enterprises Inc

5

Durjaya LLC

33

Euphoria Wellness Maryland LLC

4

Evolution Wellness LLC

30

Farmalogics Health & Wellness LLC

9

Four Green Fields LLC

35

Freestate Partners LLC

13

G&J Pharmaceuticals LLC

29

Gina Dubbe

12

GPD LLC

32

GreenLabs Inc.

46

GreenMart of Maryland

6

GTI Maryland LLC

20

H&G Maryland LLC

41

Hallaway LLC

45

Herbiculture Inc.

14

Hippocratic Growth LLC

36

Jenny’s of Maryland I LLC

24

Jova Wellness Center

26

K&R Holdings Inc.

4

LinLar LLC

24

LMS Wellness BLLC

8

Maryland Alternative Relief Inc.

19

Maryland Earthworks Inc.

28

Maryland Health & Wellness Inc.

2

Maryland Medical Cannabis Co. LLC (M2C2 HerbaFi)

20

Maryland Natural Treatment Solutions LLC

31

Maryland Physician Partners LLC

31

Maryland Wellness Access LLC

13

MaryLeaf LLC

39

MCNA Wellness LLC

27

Medical Products and Services Inc.

43

Meshow LLC

7

Metropolitan Medicinals LLC

25

MGTM LLC

33

MI Dispensary

39

Mikran LLC

15

Mission Maryland LLC

44

MMRC

10

MyBond LLC

5

Nature Care & Wellness LLC

35

OC Botanicals LLC

38

Our Community Wellness & Compassionate Care Center Inc.

23

PalliaTech Maryland LLC

10

Peake ReLeaf LLC

17

Peninsula Alternative Health LLC

37

PharmaCann LLC

18

PharmKent LLC

36

Positive Energy LLC

38

Premium Medicine of Maryland LLC

19

Pure Hana Synergy LLC

21

Pure Life Medical Inc.

46

Revolution Maryland Retail LLC

34

Southern Maryland Relief LLC

29

Sugarloaf Enterprises

17

The Apothecary LLC

1

The SENTEL Group LLC

23

Three Creeks Dispensary

27

Tilstar LLC

37

Time for Healing LLC

22

Town Center Wellness LLC

47

Trilogy Wellness of Maryland LLC

9

WadeWomen LLC-Dr. Dot’s

40

Wellness Institute of Maryland

3

 

Pre-Approved Growers Granted Dispensary Pre-Approvals:

 

Curio Dispensary BC LLC

42

Doctors Orders Maryland LLC

46

Freestate Wellness LLC

13

Harvest of Maryland

16

HMS Health LLC

17

Holistic Industries LLC

18

Kind Therapeutics USA LLC

30

Maryland Compassionate Care & Wellness LLC

17

MaryMed LLC

21

Temescal Wellness of Maryland LLC

11

 

SENATORIAL DISTRICTS IN MARYLAND*

DISTRICT 1 (Allegany, Garrett & Washington Counties)

DISTRICT 2 (Washington County)

DISTRICT 3 (Frederick County)

DISTRICT 4 (Carroll & Frederick Counties)

DISTRICT 5 (Carroll County)

DISTRICT 6 (Baltimore County)

DISTRICT 7 (Baltimore County & Harford County)

DISTRICT 8 (Baltimore County)

DISTRICT 9 (Carroll & Howard Counties)

DISTRICT 10 (Baltimore County)

DISTRICT 11 (Baltimore County)

DISTRICT 12 (Baltimore County & Howard County)

DISTRICT 13 (Howard County)

DISTRICT 14 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 15 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 16 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 17 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 18 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 19 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 20 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 21 (Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties)

DISTRICT 22 (Prince George's County)

DISTRICT 23 (Prince George's County)

DISTRICT 24 (Prince George's County)

DISTRICT 25 (Prince George's County)

DISTRICT 26 (Prince George's County)

DISTRICT 27 (Calvert, Charles & Prince George's Counties)

DISTRICT 28 (Charles County)

DISTRICT 29 (Calvert & St. Mary's Counties)

DISTRICT 30 (Anne Arundel County)

DISTRICT 31 (Anne Arundel County)

DISTRICT 32 (Anne Arundel County)

DISTRICT 33 (Anne Arundel County)

DISTRICT 34 (Harford County)

DISTRICT 35 (Cecil & Harford Counties)

DISTRICT 36 (Caroline, Cecil, Kent & Queen Anne's Counties)

DISTRICT 37 (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties)

DISTRICT 38 (Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties)

DISTRICT 39 (Montgomery County)

DISTRICT 40 (Baltimore City)

DISTRICT 41 (Baltimore City)

DISTRICT 42 (Baltimore County)

DISTRICT 43 (Baltimore City)

DISTRICT 44 (Baltimore City & Baltimore County)

DISTRICT 45 (Baltimore City)

DISTRICT 46 (Baltimore City)

DISTRICT 47 (Prince George's County) 

*http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/sendist.html 

 

Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Announces Revised Scoring Timeline for Grower and Processor License Applications

Dec. 21, 2015 – The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) today announced its revised review and scoring timeline for the 146 grower license applications and 124 processor license applications it received by the November 6 deadline. An updated schedule for the scoring of 811 dispensary license applications will be forthcoming. Under the updated timeline, the Commission anticipates issuing Stage One approvals for grower and processor applicants by summer 2016. The schedule for Stage One approval of dispensary applicants will be announced in the near future.

 Click to view Announcement

NEW: Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL) Registration Form (12/11/15)

 

The new ITL registration form as required by COMAR 10.62.16 is now available under the Testing Labs and Processor tab. If you are interested in registering to become an ITL.


Senatorial District Breakdown of Dispensary License Applications
Official Number of Grower, Processor and Dispensary License Applications Also Released

(November 24, 2015) The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) today released the breakdown of dispensary applications by senatorial district as well as the official number of grower, processor and dispensary license applications received by the November 6 stage one submission deadline. Those seeking grower and processor licenses were not required to report the jurisdiction in which they propose operations during the first phase of the application process, but the Commission did release the entities seeking those approvals. 
  View Press Release    List of Grower/Processor/Dispensary Applications Received
 


MMCC Received 882 Applications

(November 12, 2015) The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) received a total of 882 applications seeking grower, processor and dispenser licenses by the November 6 submission deadline. Of the 882 applications, the majority – 705 – were submitted for dispenser licenses. A total of 102 grower licenses were received by the Commission, as were 75 processor license applications. These numbers are still preliminary and not final. 

A significant percentage of dispenser candidates applied for a dispensary license in each of the state’s senatorial districts, driving up the total for that license category. Despite this approach by applicants, regulations prohibit a candidate from receiving more than one dispensary license.

Additional details about the submissions are available in the Commission’s official news release .


Physician Registration Forms

The certifying physician's registration form as required by COMAR 10.62.03 is now available. If you are interested in becoming a certifying physician, please go to the Physician tab above for more information.

Grower, Processor and Dispensary License Application Period Closed on Friday, November 6, 2015

The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission  posted applications for those seeking a license to operate as a medical cannabis grower, processor or dispenser within the state. Applications in each of these categories were made available under the “Applications” tab above.  Each application form included comprehensive instructions and a detailed description of the scoring process the Commission and its agents will utilize in evaluating each application. There will be no extensions granted.
Click here for press release.

To read the complete set of promulgated regulations, which became effective on September 14, 2015, go to the Division of State Documents website. The Natalie LaPrade Medical Commission regulations are in Subtitle 62.
http://www.dsd.state.md.us/COMAR/subtitle_chapters/10_Chapters.aspx#Subtitle62

See the 2015-2016 Program Timeline


Regulations Update

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the proposed draft regulations were published in the Maryland Register.  Click on the link to view the proposed draft regulations, which begin on page 812, and to review the procedure for submitting comments during the 30 day public comment period, which concluded on July 27, 2015. 

http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/4213.pdf 


House Bill 490 signed by Governor Hogan 

On May 12, 2015, Governor Larry Hogan signed H.B. 490, http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2015RS/bills/hb/hb0490E.pdf , a bill introduced by Delegates Morhaim and Glenn and passed overwhelmingly by the General Assembly. The legislation makes a number of revisions to the Maryland medical marijuana law. The first change was to replace the unscientific  term, “marijuana,” with the appropriate scientific term, “Cannabis,” and to rename the Commission. The provisions for “academic medical centers” that had been the centerpiece of the 2013 medical marijuana law have been eliminated. The role of physicians is revised from being “approved” by the Commission to being “registered” with the Commission, and only physicians who have active, unrestricted licenses in good standing with the Maryland Board of Physicians may be registered and may issue written certifications to patients.

The Commission may not limit treatment of a particular medical condition to one class of physicians. The new law authorizes the Commission to license entities to process medical Cannabis, such as producing extracts for various routes of administration. The law also provides for the registration of testing laboratories that are owned and operated independently of any of the Cannabis licensees to test all medical Cannabis products before dispensing to any patient. The initial license terms of licenses for growers, processors and dispensaries are set at four years with two year renewal terms. The controls for licensed dispensaries were modified to track those for licensed growers. The new law permits a physician to issue a written certification for a larger quantity of medical Cannabis if a 30-day supply of medical Cannabis would be inadequate to meet the medical needs of a qualifying patient. The new law clarifies that vaporization is not smoking for the purpose of protecting property owners and neighboring tenants from unwanted Cannabis smoke.

To access a video webcast of the April 22, 2015 Commission meeting, click the following link: http://webcast.jhu.edu/Mediasite/Play/d33e4fd19be546f49197fd5e5ac034861d 


Last Updated: 2/21/2017


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