House OKs medical pot bill to boost minority businesses
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.