To Encourage Minority Ownership, Maryland House Votes to Expand Grow Licenses

By Brian Witte 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to increase the variety of licenses allowed to develop medical marijuana to improve minority enterprise possession.

The House voted 121-16 for the measure on Thursday. The invoice now goes to the Senate.

The variety of allowed growers would rise from 15 to 20. The measure additionally would cap the variety of marijuana processors at 25.

None of the businesses licensed thus far to develop marijuana in Maryland has a black proprietor, despite the fact that about one-third of the state’s inhabitants is black.

In January, a research carried out for the state discovered that knowledge on discrimination in Maryland’s general financial system offers “a strong basis in evidence” to help serving to companies owned by ladies and minorities in industries related to the state’s new medical marijuana business.


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