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Maryland's large number of license applications for medical pot to delay issuing licenses


ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A large number of applications to grow or dispense medical marijuana in Maryland will cause some delays in getting the program up and running.

The state's medical marijuana commission said Thursday it received 882 applications for grower, processor and dispenser licenses. Most of the applications, about 705, were for dispenser licenses. However, the commission says a significant number of people applied for a dispensary license in all 47 state Senate districts, when they can only receive one license.

Hannah Byron, the executive director of the commission, says that due to the high number the panel will extend the application review process. She says an updated program schedule will be provided in the near future.

A total of 102 grower license applications were received. There were 75 applications for processor licenses.

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