More medical marijuana licenses approved in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) - The Maryland House of Delegates has given final approval to a bill which would expand the state's lucrative medical marijuana program.
The emergency bill was approved Thursday by a vote of 121 to 16.
It would increase the number of medical marijuana growing licenses from 15 to 20 and increase the number of processing licenses from 15 to 25.
Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn, who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus, says none of the current licenses are held by African-Americans.
Glenn said: "Less than 1 percent of all the licenses owned for medical cannabis in the country...are owned by African-Americans. That's shameful."
Data on discrimination in the state's economy offers evidence to support helping businesses owned by minorities and women in industries relevant to medical marijuana.
"So, obviously, we want to get those new licenses in the hands, to the degree that we can, of African-American-owned companies," said Glenn.
The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Reform Act, named after Delegate Glenn's late mother, will now be considered by the Maryland Senate.