Announcements

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 

 

Preliminary Industry Ownership Demographics
Industry Totals
 
35% Racial and Ethnic Diversity Participation
57% Minority Participation Including Females
 
 
Preliminary Industry Employee Demographics
Industry Totals
 
58% Racial and Ethnic Diversity Participation
75% Minority Participation Including Females
The Commission recognizes that these numbers will change as all companies become licensed.
 
The MMCC is releasing preliminary demographic data on ownership and employee participation in the emerging medical cannabis industry.  I am encouraged by this preliminary data and I must emphasize preliminary, which shows that the Commission is on the right path to achieving a diverse group of industry participants.  The medical cannabis industry is charged with making new and innovative medicine to help alleviate the pain and suffering of qualifying patients, including sick children.  The Commission is dedicated to creating a world class program to support this mission, and believes that politics and misleading narratives should be kept out of the process. 
This data was obtained by surveying the current pre-approved applicants. Based on COMAR, on June 1 of each year, each licensee will be required to submit a report to the Commission regarding the licensee’s minority owners and employees. 
The simple facts are that the Commission is making tremendous progress in implementing this program; we have issued 15 pre-approvals to companies to grow medical cannabis, 15 pre-approvals to companies to process medical cannabis, and 102 pre-approvals to companies to dispense medical cannabis. The program is moving forward quickly with background and financial due diligence investigations being conducted to begin industry operations.
The Commission is aware and believes that diversity is an essential element in making the medical cannabis program a success, and will continue to track this important demographic data.  As we measure the industry’s progress, the Commission recognizes that corporate structures may change for each entity, while always striving for inclusiveness and equal opportunity.  We still have work to do and look forward to utilizing a diversity consultant.
As we enter the operational phase of Maryland’s medical cannabis industry, I remain passionate about the quality of the program, and reject additional legislation that would disrupt the current progress that is being made in the final phase of this process.  
Paul W. Davies, M.D.
Chairman of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS:
While progress is being made, there is NO legal medical cannabis available to patients in Maryland. Please read the information below: 
  • Pre-Awards for Grower, Processor and Dispensaries have been announced, however, no actual final licenses to grow, process or dispense medical cannabis have been issued. The pre-approved entities are currently working through Stage Two of the licensing process, which includes extensive background investigations and regulatory requirements.  
 
  • This means there is no legal medical cannabis available to patients in the State of Maryland; written certifications for medical cannabis from physicians are not yet valid in the State of Maryland.
 
  • NO patient identification cards are being issued at this time. The only legal and valid ID cards will be issued by the Commission.
 
  • These cards can only be obtained through the Patient Registry, which will open during the first quarter of 2017.
 
  • Patients must first register as a qualifying patient on this website when the Patient Registry opens during the first quarter of 2017. The Patient Registry is not yet open.  
 
As a reminder, the process for obtaining legal medical cannabis, once available in the State, can be found here.
  

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