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HANCOCK — Medical marijuana plants are growing in Washington County, and a company official said production will ramp up in January.

“We are getting going,” Steve White said Wednesday night at a Hancock Town Council meeting. “We actually have had some harvesting done. We have sent product out for testing.”

White is chief executive officer of Harvest, a company that holds 30 medical cannabis licenses in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois and Nevada.

As Harvest of Maryland LLC, the firm operates a medical-marijuana venture at the former Fleetwood Travel Trailer facility in Hancock. The town holds a 5 percent stake in Harvest of Maryland.

White came to Wednesday’s council meeting to report on the company’s progress.

The Hancock facility has 21 employees, most of whom live in the town or the immediate area.

“By February, we anticipate hiring eight more people,” White said.

In response to questions from Hancock Mayor Ralph Salvagno, White said Maryland has “very specific and very stringent” regulations. The product is tested

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Growing marijuana for medicinal purposes is about to begin in Ohio.

A company called Cresco Labs held a groundbreaking event on Thursday in a corn field in Yellow Springs, where the company will build a 50,000 square-foot greenhouse to grow medical marijuana.

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The field is next to Antioch University Midwest.

Cresco Labs is one of 12 companies licensed by Ohio to grow medical pot on an industrial sale.

“Proud to announce to Ohio that relief has arrived,” Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell said to a supportive crowd during the groundbreaking.

Bachtell praised Ohio’s new medical marijuana program and the small village of Yellow Springs.

“Cresco Labs is incredibly excited to now officially be a member of the Yellow Springs community,” Bachtell said. “You want to make sure that the community that you’re building this building and this enterprise in is supportive of it, that they want it in the community and that they want to be a part of it. It’s important for not only us as an operator, but it’s critical

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California Clears the Way for Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales

California’s big cities clear the way for legal Marijuana sales, California’s small Marijuana farmers worry about big grower competition Delaware police want Cannabis People’s guns.

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California NORML Recommends Priority Licensing for Small-Scale & Outdoors Cultivators. The marijuana activist group is calling on state regulators to create a licensing priority scheme that would favor small outdoor grows of up to an acre over both indoor mixed lighting and indoor high-intensity lighting operations and leave large-scale operations out of consideration. The group fears that emergency licensing regulations as written could “open the door to large-scale, industrial mega-grows that could monopolize California’s limited available acreage, exacerbate environmental harm, and stifle participation by smaller growers.”

Los Angeles City Council Approves Legal Marijuana Rules, Sales Set for January 1. The city council agreed Wednesday to a package of regulations for legal marijuana commerce, clearing the way for legal sales to begin on January 1. The approved rules include a “social equity” program aimed at prioritizing communities that have historically been affected by the war

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Medical marijuana regulators approved 12 new dispensaries to open in the state on Thursday, more than doubling the number of businesses allowed to sell the drug.

But they cautioned the supply is still low, and it may be hard to buy marijuana until at least March.

“Product is limited,” Medical Cannabis Commission Chairman Bryan Lopez. “We expect that it will continue to be limited.”

More than 18,000 people have registered to become medical marijuana patients so far, officials said, and another 5,000 registration requests are still pending. But most of the state’s 14 growers only started cultivating late this summer.

Twenty-two dispensaries across the state are now allowed to open their doors, and more than 60 are still waiting for final approval. Last year, the state picked 102 businesses to launch Maryland’s dispensaries

Map: Medical marijuana dispensaries open in Maryland

Lopez said the first medical marijuana sale took place Nov. 17, and several dispensaries started sales on Dec. 1.

So far, 712 caregivers have signed up

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Illinois is one of the biggest Democratic strongholds in the country. And yet, they’ve lagged far behind many states when it comes to marijuana legalization. Well this spring, Chicago residents will have a chance to change that…sort of.

On Wednesday, the Cook County Board approved a measure that will ask residents whether they believe marijuana should be legalized recreationally in the state. Cook County contains both Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. County residents will be able to vote on the marijuana referendum during the state’s March primary.

Now, to be clear, the referendum’s passage would have no effect on marijuana laws in Cook County or Illinois. Instead, if the referendum passes, the county will send a recommendation to the state government asking them to legalize cannabis. But if the referendum were to pass by a large number, it would send a message to state legislators in Springfield, particularly Democrats who rely heavily on Chicago voters to remain in power.

It should also be noted that Illinois is holding a gubernatorial election next year, and many experts believe anti-marijuana Republican Governor

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