Panel grants preliminary Maryland medical marijuana licenses
The state's Medical Cannabis Commission on Friday granted the first preliminary licenses to grow and process medical marijuana, picking the companies to launch Maryland's medical marijuana program.
The treatment won't be available to patients until next year, after those companies clear financial and background checks and begin growing cannabis.
The panel approved 15 grower and 15 processor licenses from a pool of several hundred applicants, who have been waiting months for the decision and years for a law first enacted in 2013 to come to fruition.
The panel selected applications based on a numerical scoring system, and the identity of the companies will remain a secret until Aug. 15.