In Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Industry, Minority Owners Say They’re Still Shut Out

By: Martin Austermuhle

After it became evident in 2016 that the winners of coveted licenses to grow and process medical marijuana in Maryland were almost all white, the state declared something of a do-over — it increased the number of possible licenses and said it would give minority-owned businesses and those based in economically disadvantaged areas a bump up in their attempt to get into the lucrative new industry.

But the new application process has been anything but smooth, and is currently being held up by a lawsuit alleging technical mishaps, as well as renewed complaints from minority entrepreneurs who say they’re being shut out by bigger out-of-state players who aren’t actually minority-owned.

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