The application process for Maryland’s first round of cannabis business licenses, set aside for social equity candidates, opened Monday after over 1,000 people were granted the status.
As part of the Cannabis Reform Act of 2023, the state established at least two distinct licensing rounds.
The application period for the first round, which is open only to those who qualified as social equity applicants, closes Dec. 12. Those who apply will be granted licenses based on a lottery system that will begin by Jan. 1.
The 179 licenses allotted for this round of applications include 75 standard dispensary and 16 standard grower licenses. Each locality will get a set number of licenses. Baltimore City is allotted the most dispensary licenses, with 11.