The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission develops policies, procedures and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner. The Commission oversees all licensing, registration, inspection and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, physicians, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.
ATTENTION ALL GROWER AND PROCESSOR APPLICANTS AND MEDIA
August 5th, it is anticipated that the Medical Cannabis Commission
will vote on the Stage One license pre-approvals for 15 Growers and the first 15
Processors. The Commission will be
voting for the selection and awards of the Stage One pre-approvals for the top
Growers and top Processors by coded application numbers.
NO ENTITY NAMES WILL BE
ANNOUNCED AT THIS MEETING.
entity names will not be made public for ten days during which time certain
administrative processes will be completed, which includes Commission staff
unlocking the coded application numbers and preliminary background checks. The entity names will be posted on this website and in a press release in the early afternoon on August 15th. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application by U.S. mail and by email to the contact person authorized to receive communications from the Commission. All applicants are advised to ensure that the email address for the contact person designated on their application remains current.
If any entity associated with a Stage One pre-approval is found to have any potential legal, financial or compliance issues as determined by the Commission, their application may be held in abeyance until all of the requirements are satisfactorily resolved per COMAR 10.62.08.06E.
After Stage One pre-approvals are awarded, the Commission will perform extensive financial due diligence and background investigations of all those named in the application.
Please remember that this is a two-stage approval process, and no entity will be awarded a license until the entity has fulfilled all of the requirements for a Stage Two approval.
Maryland Medical Cannabis Seed-to-Sale Tracking System Request For Proposals
The Department of Information Technology has released the following request for proposals:
Title: Medical Cannabis Seed-To-Sale Tracking System RFP
Issue Date: 06/24/2016
Proposal Due Date:07/25/2016 at 2 PM local time.
Questions Due Date: 07/18/2016 at 2 PM local time.
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST.
45 Calvert Street, Room 240A - Second Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Next Commission Meeting
The next full Commission Meeting will tentatively take place on Friday August 5th at 2:00 pm. A portion of the meeting may be closed.
LOCATION: Howard Building Banneker Room, located on the Howard County
Government Ellicott City Campus
3410-3450 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
For more information click on the Meeting Schedule Link.
Policy Committee MeetingTwo Policy Committee Meetings took place on June 14 and June 28, 2016 to consider proposed revisions to the existing regulations. Click here for the Agenda and a list of proposed revisions to COMAR 10.62.01.-.35.
ANNOUNCEMENT TO GROWER, PROCESSOR AND DISPENSARY APPLICANTS:
is highly recommended that you DO NOT PURCHASE ANY TRACKING SOFTWARE prior to
the issuance of State licenses. The Commission will be implementing a state-wide Cannabis tracking system. This system is absolutely necessary for public safety, patient health and regulatory compliance.
GOVERNOR HOGAN ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
MARYLAND MEDICAL CANNABIS COMMISSION
Governor Hogan has announced the appointment of Patrick Jameson as
the new Executive Director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission,
effective April 25, 2016. Mr. Jameson has a diverse background in public
safety, business development and executive management. Mr. Jameson served in
the Maryland State Police from 1987 to 1999 in the Special Operations and
Criminal Investigation Divisions, and as President of the State Law Enforcement
Officers Labor Alliance. He has previously worked in the Maryland Office of the
Attorney General and is a former National Director of Homeland Security for
Oracle Corporation. Mr. Jameson holds a MBA from the Johns
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 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.
See the 2015-2016 Program Timeline
Click link on the left for FAQ's
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.
House Bill 490 signed by Governor Hogan