State pre-approves medical marijuana in Dorchester
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.