The Commission has announced the names of the 15 Pre-approved Growers, however, no actual final licenses to grow 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. The Commissioners will vote for licensure in a public meeting once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete.
Growers will contract with one or more independent testing laboratories for the laboratory to test every batch of medical cannabis to assure that every batch meets approved specifications.
Yes; all growers in Maryland will be subject to inspection.
Evidence that the licensed premises comply with all zoning planning requirements is required in Stage Two of the application process.
The Commission will rely upon the zoning and planning approval issued by the local jurisdiction. The local jurisdiction will determine whether a zoning designation that permits agricultural production included production of medical cannabis. The applicant should take steps to assure that the local jurisdiction has interpreted its zoning code to mean that an agricultural production zoning designation includes production of medical cannabis.
Yes, as long as the premises comply with local zoning and planning codes, and are constructed and organized to maintain security, cleanliness, safety and the required inventory controls, a grower facility and a processor facility may be located on the same property.
The Maryland regulations do not specify a minimum or maximum number of plants that a licensed grower must or may cultivate.
Yes, parties or entities who wish to operate a growing and processing facility, as well as a dispensary, must submit separate license applications for each facility. The Commission may award separate licenses for each operation.
No; the licensee must provide required agent ID cards to anyone transporting cannabis.
A transportation agent is not required to hold a Maryland driver’s license.
Yes; however, the agent would need to register multiple registrations at a charge of $200 per registration.
Yes. A person can be an owner in an entity that obtains a license for each class of activity, and therefore would be an agent for each licensee.
A resident is one who lives in Maryland. A person may demonstrate Maryland residency by providing one or more of the following: 1) Most recent Maryland tax return; 2) Most recent Maryland property tax bill; 3) Local gas and electric bill that is no more than 4 months old; 5) Valid Maryland Driver’s license; or 6) Another record that corroborates the Maryland residency.
A business may be registered to conduct business in the State of Maryland. They may be either an out-of-state company which is establishing its Maryland existence, and its principal place of business may or may not be Maryland. Alternatively, the business entity could be a “grass roots” company, meaning a business that was founded in Maryland and maintains its principal place of business in Maryland. In either eventuality, a business entity may demonstrate its ability to conduct business in the State of Maryland by providing the following: 1) Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization; 2) Certificate of Status (also referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing); and 3) Identification of the Resident Agent.
While any subcontractor may be registered with the MMCC, the subcontractor is not required to register with the MMCC. However, should the subcontractor not be registered with the MMCC, then, they are considered a visitor to a non-public area, and the Grower, Processor, or Dispensary will be required to 1) log the visitor in and out of the premises; 2) retain a photocopy of the visitor’s government-issued identification; 3) continually visually supervise the visitor while on the premises; 4) ensure that the visitor does not touch any plant or medical cannabis; and 5) maintain a log of all visitors to non-public areas for two years.
While a security subcontractor, or any subcontractor may be registered with the MMCC, the subcontractor is not required to register with the MMCC. However, should the subcontractor not be registered with the MMCC, then, they are considered a visitor to a non-public area, and the Grower will be required to 1) log the visitor in and out of the premises; 2) retain a photocopy of the visitor’s government issued identification; 3) continuously visually supervise the visitor while on the premises; 4) ensure that the visitor does not touch any plant or medical cannabis; and 5) maintain a log of all visitors to non-public areas for two years.
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