What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Maryland?
Under the regulations, enacted as of April 14, 2014, Maryland opened its doors for medical marijuana businesses. However, applications for would-be entrepreneurs were closed on November 6, 2015.
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) has issued 102 pre-approvals to companies to dispense medical cannabis, however, no final licenses have been awarded.
The pre-approved companies are currently working through Stage Two of the approval process, which includes undergoing criminal background investigations, completing regulatory requirements, securing local zoning approvals, and compliance inspections by the MMCC. The Commissioners will vote for licensure in a public meeting once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete.
Currently, the state has not indicated when they will accept new applications.
The regulations of this measure has provisions for:
- Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
- Medical Marijuana Growers
- Medical Marijuana Processors
- Medical Marijuana Testing Facilities
What can I do right now?
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state re-opens the program, you should:
- Read through the regulations and determine what business type you'd like to have.
- Get our free starter package to give you a general overview of what to expect when the state starts licensing marijuana businesses.
- If you'll be seeking financing and investors or partners, you'll need a business plan to present to them. See our Marijuana Business Plans for Maryland page for details and get a business plan to fit your needs.
- If you're serious and want to determine what moves you can be making right now to get a leg up on the competition for licenses - get one of our marijuana business consultation packages and let our expert Associates review your situation and instruct on the intelligent moves you could be making now to increase your chances of winning licenses.
How To Open a Dispensary in Maryland
Until the state re-opens their program for licensing, these are the general steps to follow in setting up your dispensary business. Some of these can be taken care of now (business plan and incorporation), which would allow you to get a head-start on the process.
- Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
- Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan.
- Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your dispensary and be completely legal and compliant.
- Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
- Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.
How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Maryland
Same as Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries, delivery services and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.
How To Start a Marijuana Edibles, Marijuana Infused Products or Marijuana Extractions Business In Maryland
Same as Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.
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