Delinquent Maryland medical marijuana companies get more time to meet requirements

Maryland medical cannabis regulators on Monday gave final approvals to three more cultivation centers and two processing companies – and announced they would give 10 other companies that missed a key deadline additional time to complete their licensing requirements.

The businesses were supposed to have finished inspections and final background checks within a year of receiving preliminary approval from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission last August.

Other businesses who applied for licenses but were denied, and state lawmakers who are allied with them, are monitoring the final-approval process closely, hoping that companies who missed the deadline would be rejected and their own companies would get another chance to break into the potentially lucrative legal marijuana industry.

Commissioner Charles Smith, who is the state’s attorney for Frederick County, said regulators decided against rescinding preliminary approval for the two growers and eight processors who missed…

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