ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate committee has passed a measure to increase the number of licenses for medical marijuana growers from 15 to as many as 22.
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The measure was introduced to increase minority-business ownership, but not all new licenses would go to minority businesses.
It would grant a grower’s license to a black-owned company, as well as two companies that initially were bumped out of position in the licensing process to promote geographic diversity.READ MORE: Members Of Safe Streets Plan To Honor DaShawn McGrier On Saturday
The remaining licenses would be decided in a process that gives preference to minority-owned businesses.
The bill raises the number of allowable marijuana processors from 15 to 30, five more than in the House bill.With Dangerous Wind Chill, Baltimore City Under Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert
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