Ho­gan or­ders dis­par­ity study of med­i­cal pot in­dus­try

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan has or­dered a study of the state’s de­vel­op­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana in­dus­try to en­sure op­por­tu­ni­ties for mi­nor­ity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Mr. Ho­gan di­rected the Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs on Thurs­day to ini­ti­ate the study.

The Republican gover­nor’s of­fice says he’s order­ing the study in re­sponse to con­cerns ex­pressed by the Leg­isla­tive Black Cau­cus of Mary­land.

Leg­is­la­tion that would have cre­ated more li­censes to grow mar­i­juana to ad­dress a lack of mi­nor­ity own­er­ship af­ter a dis­par­ity study failed to pass in the leg­isla­tive ses­sion that ended this month.

Lead­ers of the Black Cau­cus have called for a spe­cial ses­sion to pass the bill.

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