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Welcome to the Natalie M. LaPrade
Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

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.

 

August 24, 2016
Announcement Regarding Commission Rankings for Grower and Processor Applicants  

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is releasing the 1 through 20 Grower and 1 through 30 Processor names with their Commission rankings (see list below). There were many highly-qualified Grower and Processor applicants; however, the Commission was limited to granting up to 15 Grower pre-approvals due to statutory limitations issued by the legislature.  The Commission temporarily limited the number of Processor pre-approvals to 15 due to resource management. Five extra Grower applications and 15 extra processor applications were voted on to be pre-approved should any of the pre-approved entities not result in final licensure. Beginning June 1, 2018, the Commission will review supply and demand and may be able to issue more licenses if necessary, based on the need.  

Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute (“RESI”) was enlisted by the Commission to review, evaluate and rank the applications received from interested applicants. RESI employed and the Commission adopted a double-blind review process. The top ranked 20 Grower and top ranked 30 Processor applications were voted on only by coded number prior to the de-coding process. The other RESI rankings (rankings from the twenty-first ranked application to the 145th application for Grower, and thirty-first to 124th for Processors) have not been de-coded nor voted on by the Commission.

As a reminder, the pre-approved entities announced on August 15 have not been issued licenses.  They will undergo extensive background checks, financial due diligence, and inspections in the next phase of a two-stage approval process.

Commission Grower Rankings

1.       Green Leaf Medical LLC

Frederick County

2.       Doctors Orders Maryland LLC

Dorchester County

3.       Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC

Carroll County

4.       Freestate Wellness LLC

Howard County

5.       Kind Therapeutics USA LLC

Washington County

6.       SunMed Growers LLC

Cecil County

7.       HMS Health LLC

Frederick County

8.       Harvest of Maryland

Washington County

9.       Curio Cultivation LLC

Baltimore County

10.   Grow West MD LLC

Garrett County

11.   ForwardGro LLC

Anne Arundel County

12.   MaryMed LLC

Dorchester County

13.   Temescal Wellness of Maryland LLC

Baltimore City

14.   Holistic Industries LLC

Prince George’s County

15.   Shore Naturals Rx LLC

Worcester County

16.   MD Cultivation and Processing LLC

Frederick County

17.   GTI Maryland LLC

Washington County

18.   Kind Earth Medicinals

Montgomery County

19.   Maryland Natural Treatment Solutions

Caroline County

20.   Mazey Farms LLC

Garrett County

 

 Commission Processor Rankings

1.       Curio Manufacturing LLC

2.       AFS Maryland LLC

3.       Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC

4.       PharmaCulture LLC

5.       Blair Wellness Center LLC

6.       Seven Points Agro-Therapeutics

7.       Chesapeake Alternatives LLC

8.       Doctors Orders Maryland LLC

9.       Pro Green Medical LLC

10.   Rosebud Organics LLC

11.   Temescal Wellness of Maryland LLC

12.   Kind Therapeutics USA LLC

13.   FGM Processing LLC

14.   Holistic Industries LLC

15.   MaryMed LLC

16.   Citiva Maryland LLC

17.   ForwardExtracts LLC

18.   PharmaKent LLC

19.   HMS Health

20.   Herbiculture Inc

21.   GTI Maryland

22.   Freestate Partners LLC

23.   Harvest of Maryland

24.   Wellness Institute of Maryland

25.   Chesapeake Apothecary LLC

26.   Maryland Earthworks LLC

27.   Healthy Extracts LLC

28.   Chesacanna Inc

29.   Mikran LLC

30.   NH Medicinal

 

Download Announcement Regarding Commission Rankings for Grower and Processor Applicants ( 08/24/2016)


 

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.

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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, caregivers and the general public.

 

Maryland Medical Cannabis Seed-to-Sale Tracking System Request For Proposals

Due 07/25/2016

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.

Pre-Proposal Conference:
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST.
45 Calvert Street, Room 240A - Second Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401

http://doit.maryland.gov/contracts/Pages/MMCCTrackingSystem.aspx

 

 Next Commission Meeting

The date for the next Commission meeting will be announced as soon as it is scheduled.

                          

Policy Committee Meeting

Two 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:

It 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 Hopkins University. 

 


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.
 http://www.dsd.state.md.us/COMAR/subtitle_chapters/10_Chapters.aspx#Subtitle62

See the 2015-2016 Program Timeline

Click link on the left for FAQ's

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

Get the latest information on conferences and seminars by selecting the Education link in the Menu.
    

  

Announcements

 

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. Please click on the header to view the announcement in its entirety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next Commission Meeting

 

Next Commission Meeting Location and Time

The next full Commission Meeting will take place on Friday, August 5th at 1:00 pm. A portion of the meeting may be closed.

 

New Location: University of Maryland Medical School Campus

                          Bressler Research Building

                          Taylor Lecture Hall

                          655 West Baltimore

                          Baltimore, MD 21201

New Meeting Time: 1:00 PM

 

For more information click on the Meeting Schedule Link.

Policy Committee Meeting

Two 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.

 

 

 


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