Cannabis License Application FAQs

Who can apply?

The Cannabis Reform Act (HB556/SB516) requires that all applicants in Round 1 qualify as social equity applicants. A social equity applicant is defined as an applicant that has at least 65% ownership and control held by one or more individuals who:

  • Lived in a disproportionately impacted area for at least five of the past 10 years;
  • Attended a public school in a disproportionately impacted area for at least 5 years; or
  • Attended, for at least two years, a 4-year institution of higher educaiton in the State where at least 40% of the individuals who attended the institution are eligible for a Pell grant.

What is a "Disproportionately Impacted Area"?

The Cannabis Reform Act (HB556/SB516) defines a disproportionately impacted area as an area that had above 150% of the state's 10-year average for cannabis possession charges. A map of disproportionately impacted areas and associated zip codes in Maryland will be shared in the coming weeks.

What do I need to apply?

In addition to ​meeting the criteria for a social equity applicant, your application must include:

  • A detailed operational plan
  • A business plan; and 
  • A detailed diversity plan.

Is it free to apply?

No. An applicant must submit an applicaiton fee of either $5,000 for a standard license; or $1,000 for a micro license.

What's the difference between a standard license and a micro license?

Both standard and micro licenses offer the opportunity to form a business to grow, process , or dispense cannabis and cannabis products in Maryland. Micro licenses are intended for smaller businesses, and the amount of cannabis a buisness can grow or process is limited under law. Similarly, micro dispensaries may establish a delivery service for cannabis and cannabis products to patients and consumers.

When can I apply?

Applications for the initial license round are not yet public. We expect them to be released in September 2023. Fill out this form here​ to be notified when the application is published and for more information on how to apply.​