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Md. gears up to accommodate medical marijuana industry

By JONATHAN CRIBBS
Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Aug. 18, 2015) — Is the medical marijuana industry gearing up to be the next big thing in Maryland agriculture?
Commercial real estate brokers say buyers are gobbling up vacant warehouse space for growing operations as the state moves forward with a restricted plan to allow medical marijuana dispensaries this year, two Maryland Agricultural Commission members said last week.
Medical marijuana companies across the state have also announced intentions to open shop, including Green Thumb Industries, which has said it plans to open a facility that could employ up to 200 workers in Hagerstown.
The state is likely to adopt regulations for the restricted legalization of a medical marijuana industry next month when applications and instructions will be available to prospective growers, processors and dispensaries, according to a timeline from the Natalie M. LaPrade of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
Patients could begin receiving prescriptions for the drug as soon as the second half of 2016, the timeline said.