ANNAPOLIS — After a four-year wait to provide medical cannabis to patients, the drug could be available to Marylanders as early as this month, according to industry stakeholders.
“I think we could see product in November, with increase in December and a steady flow from all operators in the new year,” said Wendy Bronfein, the marketing director for Curio Wellness, a company in Lutherville that was awarded licenses to cultivate and process medical marijuana.
However, racial diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry is wanting, and some lawmakers said they are planning to introduce a bill early next session to grant licenses to African-American business owners.
A disparity study ordered by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in April and due in December focuses on whether minorities who sought a license in the cannabis industry were at a disadvantage.
The study was prompted after the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus raised concerns about the lack of African-American involvement in the industry.
Of the 321 business owners granted preliminary licenses to grow, distribute or process the drug, 208 were white men or women and