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Maryland Cannabis Administration Releases Additional Information, Access to Social Equity Verification Portal

On Friday, September 8, the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA) Office of Social Equity released additional information for its upcoming initial licensing round, including the social equity verification portal, application timeframe and deadlines, and the number of licenses available per county. The first round of licensing is limited to Social Equity Applicants.

Social Equity Verification Portal

Potential applicants who previously submitted the Cannabis Business Licensing Interest Form were granted access to the Social Equity Verification Portal on September 8,… More

Maryland Releases Eligibility Criteria for Social Equity Applicants for Fall 2023 Cannabis License Application Period

Key Takeaways:

Maryland’s eligibility criteria to be considered a social equity applicant:

  • An interactive map of the Disproportionately Impacted Areas in Maryland, qualifying public schools that remain open and institutions of higher education, is available on the Office of Social Equity’s (OSE) website.
  • The OSE also provided the lists as PDFs: public schoolshigher education institutions,…
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CCC Proposes Regulatory Amendments to Clarify New Host Community Agreement Requirements and Limitations on Community Impact Fees

Key Takeaways:

  • The proposed amendments would, among other things:
    • Require all license applicants and existing licensees to include copies of their HCAs as part of any initial and annual renewal applications to the CCC filed on or after May 1, 2024.
    • Require the CCC to review all HCAs for compliance with the new HCA law (which took effect in November of 2022) and CCC regulations within 90 days of receipt.…
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New Jersey Cannabis: Drastic Expansion in License Ownership Rights

Both Houses of the New Jersey Legislature just passed a law that would allow anyone – including operators already holding other licenses in the State of New Jersey – to obtain ownership in up to seven (7) diversely-owned Class 5 Retail Licenses.

By way of background and reminder, the current regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (“CRC”) prohibit an owner (holding 5% or more equity) of one entity holding a cannabis license from being an owner in any other entity applying for or holding a cannabis license.… More

With Adult Use in Delaware and Medical Cannabis Legalization in Kentucky, the Next Licensing Sweepstakes Begin

Today is April 28, and Texas and Florida both accepted the expected dozens of applications for a limited number of medical cannabis licenses in those respective states. In the background, Kentucky recently legalized medical cannabis, while Delaware will soon welcome adult use sales. It looks increasingly likely both states will follow the example of other capped license jurisdictions and hold merit-based application sweepstakes to award a set number of licenses.… More

Summary: Amendments to Maryland House Bill 556 and Senate Bill 516

Key Takeaways:

  1. Amendments to Maryland House Bill (HB) 556, and its companion Senate Bill (SB) 516, provide clarification on essential provisions for persons or entities interested in participating in the cannabis industry in Maryland.
  2. Both bills have crossed over and are expected to quickly pass the other chamber, and once a compromise version passes both chambers, it is expected that Governor Wes Moore (D) will sign into law.…
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SUMMARY: Maryland House Bill 556

  • Recently introduced Maryland House Bill 556 contains essential provisions for persons or entities interested in participating in the cannabis industry in Maryland.
  • On or before July 1, 2023, all current medical cannabis licensees in Maryland would be allowed to convert their licenses to medical and adult use.
  • There would be a limited number of several types of new licenses issued.
  • The first round of licensing,…
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Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Launches New Delivery License


As of Friday, May 28, the Cannabis Control Commission (“CCC”) has announced that Certified Economic Empowerment Applicants and Social Equity Program Participants (“EE/SE Participants”) are able to apply for pre-certification and licensure for the new Marijuana Delivery Operator license. This is the second stand-alone delivery license that EE/SE Participants are eligible to apply for, after the Marijuana Courier (formerly Delivery Only) license became available in May 2020.… More