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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.


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


Please click here for the breakdown of the data.



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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