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DOVER, De. (AP) -- Delaware lawmakers are considering legislation to reduce restrictions on medical marijuana users.

A House committee was scheduled to consider two medical marijuana bills on Wednesday.

One bill allows qualifying medical marijuana patients and caregivers to grow their own plants, which currently is prohibited.

The bill allows a patient to have up to six mature plants and six immature plants.

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Shoppers at Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach will get a chance to buy a new product – at least for those who have medical authorization.

Columbia Care Incorporated has opened a medical marijuana dispensary at the Bayside location.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports this is the second such dispensary in Sussex County.

This gives the company a location in all three counties.

The site will give medical marijuana patients in Sussex County a second option after First State Compassion Center South opened in Lewes two years ago.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A research firm in Virginia says it has gotten a federal license to import high-quality extracts of marijuana for medical research.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Sanyal Biotechnology will soon embark on a series of critical studies into treatment of various diseases and disorders.   

Sanyal CEO Rebecca Caffrey said the license is the broadest ever issued to a U.S. company. And it allows it allows the firm to import high-quality cannabis extracts that aren't available in the U.S.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More companies and groups in Virginia are getting into the political influence game ahead of a legislative session than they have in past years.  

Lobbying data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that 86 companies and groups, like business associations, registered lobbyists for the first time between May and December last year.

That's highest number since at least 2007 and up from 54 the year before.

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ARNOLD, Md. (AP) - The first company to be licensed as a medical marijuana grower in Maryland has been fined for using banned crop-protection pesticides.

News outlets report the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Tuesday ordered ForwardGro to pay $125,000, destroy products produced before May 31 and issue refunds on certain products. The company has been placed on two years' probation.

ForwardGro products were removed from Maryland dispensaries with little explanation in October.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana industry brought in $96.3 million during its first year of operation.

The Baltimore Sun reports that between 250 and 350 people a day are applying to be certified by the state to buy medical marijuana.

There were nearly 52,000 patients who bought 730,000 individual products from dozens of licensed stores across Maryland since sales became legal last December.

First-year sales have far exceeded one industry expert's earlier forecast of $46 million.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Medical marijuana sales in Maryland are surpassing a previous forecast and could reach $100 million this year.

The Baltimore Sun reports that medical marijuana sales totaled $67 million for the first nine months of 2018.

A market research firm predicted last year that the state's sales in 2018 would be about $46 million. New Frontier Data Senior Economist Beau Whitney said sales could now hit $100 million in December.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Capitol Police say two people have been arrested outside of Maryland Rep. Andy Harris' office during a protest, and the congressman's office says Harris bruised his wrist as protesters tried to force a door open.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have picked five companies to open the state's first medical cannabis dispensaries.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that after more than five hours of private discussion Tuesday, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy gave initial approval to five of the 51 applicants. Each of the state's five health service areas will feature a dispensary.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has rejected a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Delaware.

The legislation, which included an amendment aimed at addressing concerns of opponents, failed Wednesday to receive the required three-fifths majority.

The vote came after the original legislation stalled last year amid opposition from the law enforcement, business and medical communities.

Lawmakers then established a task force to study issues surrounding legalization, but the panel's final report did little to resolve concerns of opponents.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Nearly 50 medical cannabis companies are pursuing five licenses to operate in Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the state has received 49 applications. Virginia plans to hand out licenses to dispense medical cannabis oil in the state's five health services areas.

The applications require a $10,000 filing fee.

Virginia recently expanded legal protections for patients seeking to use medical cannabis oils. Lawmakers also passed legislation allowing for in-state production and sales of medical cannabis oils.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure that aims to create opportunities for minority business owners to become licensed medical marijuana growers and processors.

The measure passed the Senate with a vote of 42-3 on Wednesday.  It would increase the number of licenses for medical marijuana growers from 15 to as many as 22. No black-owned companies in Maryland currently have these licenses. Two of the licenses would go to growers that narrowly missed getting licenses under previous legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to expand the number of licenses allowed to grow medical marijuana to increase minority business ownership.

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

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

None of the companies licensed so far to grow marijuana in Maryland has a black owner, even though about one-third of the state's population is black.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on whether to expand the number of licenses allowed to grow medical marijuana to increase minority business ownership.

The House is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

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

None of the companies licensed so far to grow marijuana in Maryland has a black owner, even though about one-third of the state's population is black.

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There is a new marijuana dispensary on the Lower Eastern Shore.

It’s located in West Ocean City just off Route 50.

WBOC reports that Positive Energy was licensed back in 2016 by the state.

This makes it the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Worcester County.

The dispensary requires patients to be registered with the state cannabis commission and must have a state certified medical provider.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A person who receives treatment through Maryland's new medical marijuana program may have to surrender his or her right to own a gun.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that concerns are growing over how federal gun laws will impact people who use medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Authorities have made it clear to gun dealers that they shouldn't sell to people who use marijuana medically.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Medical marijuana regulators in Maryland have approved 12 new dispensaries to open.

The Baltimore Sun reports the decision on Thursday more than doubles the number of businesses allowed to sell the drug in the state.

Still, regulators cautioned that the supply is still low. That means it could be hard to buy marijuana until at least March.

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Chairman Bryan Lopez says product is limited, and that officials expect that it will continue to be limited.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The executive director of Maryland's medical marijuana commission is resigning.

The panel announced Thursday that Patrick Jameson will resign, effective Nov. 30.

Jameson says it's been an honor to help sick people and launch a new lucrative industry in Maryland. He says the time has come for him to pursue other interests.

The commission is beginning a search for a new executive director. Jameson will assist with a transition plan. The commission says daily operations will continue as normal.

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The first crop of medical marijuana is already growing in Worcester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Shore Natural Rx told the Salisbury Daily Times that it hopes to be the first to hit the market.

The paper reports that the first plants have been taking leaf and will eventually undergo processing and state testing.

The facility covers an area of 35-thousand square feet and the company has invested $2 million turning the building into a green house.

The medical marijuana will be dispensed through third party dispensaries.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a lawsuit that could disrupt Maryland's fledgling medical marijuana industry can go to trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that a trial should determine whether state regulators acted improperly when they chose certain companies to award lucrative licenses to grow the drug.

State lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the case.

At issue are two of the state's medical marijuana licenses awarded to companies that did not rank among the top 15 applicants.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's medical marijuana program is continuing to grow.

The program's oversight panel was to get an update Tuesday on plans to open new dispensaries in New Castle and in Kent County.

New York-based Columbia Care, which operates medical marijuana facilities in five states and the District of Columbia, was awarded the contract for the Kent County dispensary, which is expected to open in the spring.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A university's pharmacy school has cancelled classes on growing medical marijuana.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the University of Maryland appears to be concerned about how the Trump Administration will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in nearly 30 states, including Maryland. And Maryland state law requires workers who are employed by growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories to have training in their areas.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new law that allows people with post-traumatic stress disorder to more easily gain access to medical marijuana.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that Gov. John Carney signed into law the Bravery Bill. It allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana card from any properly licensed physician. Previously, PTSD patients could only get approval for medical marijuana from a licensed psychiatrist.

Carney and other lawmakers noted the prevalence of PTSD among veterans in particular and the relief that marijuana could bring.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The first legal crop of marijuana has started to grow in Maryland. And industry officials say products should be available in medical marijuana dispensaries by 2018.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that at least two licensed cultivators have marijuana plants growing. They are ForwardGro in Anne Arundel County and Curio Wellness in Baltimore County.

The cannabis seeds have been planted four years after Maryland legalized the plant for medical use. Since then, nearly 20 companies have been cleared to grow, process and sell the plant.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Regulators have given final approval to three more medical marijuana growers in Maryland.

Local news media outlets report that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission also granted final approval Monday to two processing companies.

The Washington Post reports that the commission extended a deadline for another 10 companies that were supposed to have final background checks and inspections done within one year of getting preliminary approval.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Cumberland says he hopes to open for business in November.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that one of three owners of the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary recently gave the newspaper an update on his business.

Sajal Roy says the dispensary has faced delays due to a lack of approved marijuana growers with available product. He also says he found he needed additional upgrades at the dispensary facility.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A newspaper has found that several experts who reviewed Maryland medical marijuana business applicants had ties to companies they reviewed.

The Washington Post obtained records that show potential conflicts of interest and reports that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is investigating. Final licenses are set to be awarded in August.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that finalists to become licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state can defend their interests against a legal challenge over how those finalists were picked.

The Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that barred the finalists from involvement in the case.

Alternative Medicine Maryland, an applicant not chosen, alleges in a lawsuit that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission didn't consider the racial diversity of the applicants for licenses as required.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An attorney for the state of Maryland is asking the state's highest court to allow finalists for licenses to grow medical marijuana to intervene in a lawsuit.

Julia Bernhardt, an assistant attorney general, said Thursday the finalists have a direct economic interest in the lawsuit's outcome. She says the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission can't represent their interests, because the panel represents the public interest.

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There will be a medical marijuana dispensary in Salisbury.

The Peninsula Alternative Health facility will be located on Snow Hill Road.

Mary Pat Hoffman, clinical director for the company, told WBOC that there are so many patients suffering from diseases and conditions that other therapies do not touch.

She hopes that the drug will lose its stigma when used for medical purposes.

The dispensary is expected to be similar to a retail pharmacy and could open by September.

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