Report: ‘No Evidence of Bias’ in Awards of Medical Cannabis Licenses – Josh Kurtz

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The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, beset by allegations about improprieties in the way it awarded grower and processor licenses last summer, released a report Thursday night showing that there was “no evidence of bias or undue influence in the 2019 license application review process.”

The 40-page report on the investigation into the allegations — including suggestions that former state Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D), who is headed to federal prison for accepting bribes related to cannabis industry legislation in Annapolis, sought to influence the awarding of licenses — was conducted by the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. It was led by Gregg L. Bernstein, the former Baltimore City state’s attorney.

The process of launching and expanding the medical marijuana business in Maryland has been fraught with complaints over racial bias, influence-peddling and lack of fairness. A second round of license applications for growers and processors was mandated by the General Assembly in 2018, in order to expand minority participation in the state’s medical cannabis program. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission was tasked with awarding up to four new medical cannabis grower licenses and 10 new medical cannabis processor licenses.