State pre-ap­proves med­i­cal mar­i­juana in Dorch­ester

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VICTORIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — The Natalie M. LaPrade Mar yland Med­i­cal Cannabis Com­mis­sion an­nounced li­cense pre-ap­provals for 15 grow­ers and 15 pro­ces­sors on Mon­day, Aug. 15, in­clud­ing two of each in Dorch­ester County.

Two com­pa­nies, MaryMed LLC and Doc­tors Or­ders Mary­land LLC, were each is­sued a grower and a pro­ces­sor pre-ap­proval.

“Doc­tor’s Or­ders came to the city in ad­vance of their ap­pli­ca­tion and con­firmed a lo­ca­tion and ap­pro­pri­ate zon­ing for it,” said Cam­bridge City Man­ager San­dra Trip­pJones. “The city is pleased for them that they’ve made it this far in the process.”

“I’m ex­cited that we have a great num­ber of out­stand­ing com­pa­nies will­ing to help sick peo­ple in Mary­land,” said Dr. Paul W. Davies, chair­man of the MMCC.

Com­pa­nies who have re­ceived this pre-ap­proval sta­tus now move on to step two of the li­cens­ing process.

“Now that the com­mis­sion­ers have made their se­lec­tions, the real work begins for th­ese com­pa­nies,” said Patrick Jame­son, MMCC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “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.”

Those seek­ing full li­cen­sure must com­plete reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments, rais­ing cap­i­tal, ac­quir­ing real es­tate, se­cur­ing lo­cal zon­ing ap­provals, fa­cil­ity con­struc­tion, equip­ment in­stal­la­tion, and hir­ing and train­ing of staff. Once all that is done in com­pli­ance with re­quire­ments, the com­mis­sion­ers will vote to de­cide if a full li­cense will be granted, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“The con­ver­sa­tion this board had was, ‘Okay, the times have changed. If this was a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany com­ing in here do­ing pills, would we say yes?’” said County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers. “Now it’s le­gal and this can be used. It is a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal

com­pany do­ing what needs to be done.”

Travers said the coun­cil has spo­ken with both com­pa­nies and re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about how the busi­ness works and what se­cu­rity mea­sures will be in place at the fa­cil­i­ties.

“This is a med­i­cal op­er­a­tion, and they are very strict,” said Coun­cil­man Don Sat­ter­field. “The two com­pa­nies are ver y es­tab­lished.”

Each fa­cil­ity will cre­ate a min­i­mum of 20 jobs and it is ex­pected to ex­pand up to forty once es­tab­lished in the area, County Man­ager Jeremy Gold­man said.

“The re­al­ity is, two grow fa­cil­i­ties here, that’s be­tween 40 and 80 jobs, rea­son­ably good pay­ing jobs,” Gold­man said.

The press re­lease also out­lined what grow­ers and pro­ces­sors will be do­ing at their fa­cil­i­ties. The grow­ers will cul­ti­vate a va­ri­ety of strains rang­ing in cannabi­noid con­tent from a low to high spec­trum of Te­trahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC) and Cannabid­iol (CBD).

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.

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