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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. The regulations of this measure has provisions for:

    • Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
    • Medical Marijuana Growers
    • Medical Marijuana Processors
    • Medical Marijuana Testing Facilities

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) oversees the program and has issued 102 dispensary pre-approvals and has awarded 69 licenses to dispense medical cannabis. Moreso, the Commission also issued 15 pre-approvals for growers and another 15 pre-approvals for processors.

As of 2019, MMCC will soon be accepting applications from additional medical cannabis growers and processors and has posted a draft of the Application Guidelines and Requirements on the state's website.

A final version of the license application is expected to be available on March 1, 2019, and applications will be accepted then until April 30, 2019.

The Commission may award up to four (4) grower licenses and ten (10) processor licenses.

Now, there’s a lot to do to prepare - see below for details.

Not Sure Where or How To Begin?

You need to be taking care of a bunch of critical pieces right now in order to be ready for licensing. Grab our Starter Package for insider details about everything you should be doing at this very moment that no one will tell you about. (Hint: It’s a lot.)

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.
    • If you're unsure about what do after reading the regulations, grab our Starter Package to give you a detailed rundown of everything you need to know and do right now to get your business going.
    • If you'll need investors or partners, put together a Business Plan, as they'll definitely ask to see one.

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, which would allow you to get a head-start on the process.

  1. Read through our Starter Package to figure out what your city will require for licensing and the boatload of other to-do items to have in place prior to submitting your application for licensing.
  2. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
  3. Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan.
  4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
  5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
  6. 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 and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.

How To Start a Medical Marijuana Processing 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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