House OKs med­i­cal pot bill to boost mi­nor­ity busi­nesses

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Mary­land would al­low five more li­censes each to grow and process med­i­cal mar­i­juana in the state un­der a mea­sure ap­proved Tues­day by the House of Del­e­gates.

The bill, which was passed on a 90-45 vote, is aimed at boost­ing mi­nor­ity-owned busi­ness par­tic­i­pa­tion in the state’s de­vel­op­ing in­dus­try af­ter a dis­par­ity study. The vote sends the mea­sure to the Se­nate, which is con­sid­er­ing a sep­a­rate bill.

Del­e­gate Ch­eryl Glenn, the chair of the state Leg­isla­tive Black Cau­cus, has been crit­i­cal of a de­ci­sion last year to name 15 fi­nal­ists each to grow and process mar­i­juana that lack mi­nor­ity own­er­ship, even though the state’s law notes racial di­ver­sity should be con­sid­ered.

A state com­mis­sion has named 15 fi­nal­ists to be li­censed to be grow­ers and 15 fi­nal­ists to pro­ces­sors. No fi­nal de­ci­sions on li­censes have been made yet.

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