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Maryland Officials Release Draft Marijuana Rules To Prepare For Legalization This Summer

Maryland officials have released draft regulations for the state’s adult-use marijuana market that’s set to come online in July in accordance with a legalization ballot referendum that voters approved last year.

Weeks after Gov. Wes Moore (D) signed cannabis sales legislation into law, the Marijuana Cannabis Administration (MCA) submitted a first batch of rules for the industry on Friday to the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR).

That panel will need to review and approve the emergency regulations, which will also be published in the Maryland Register before they’re enacted.

But the relatively quick turnaround with the proposed regulations is another sign that Maryland intends to have a recreational market up and running in time for the implementation of voter-approved legalization on July 1.

The 41-page draft rule sets definitions, codifies personal possession limits, lays out responsibilities for regulators, explains licensing protocol—including for social equity applicants, clarifies enforcement authorities and penalties and outlines packaging and labeling requirements.

There’s significant focus on converting current medical marijuana businesses to dual licenses to start serving adult consumers, which they would be effectively forced to do in order to continue operating. The rules also cover the processes and fees for different

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