Maryland: Governor Orders Medical Marijuana Industry Diversity Study
By Derrick Stanley
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered a study into whether minorities are at a disadvantage when trying to obtain business licenses for the state's medical marijuana program. The study will be coordinated by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, and the Department of Transportation.
The governor wants the study to be completed as soon as possible, according to Jimmy H. Rhee, special secretary of minority affairs.
“As the issue of promoting diversity is of great importance to me and my administration, your office should begin this process immediately in order to ensure opportunities for minority participation in the industry,” Hogan wrote in the directive to Rhee.
Two lawsuits are currently pending against the MMCC by minority-led companies over denials of their business license applications.