More ethics woes for Maryland medical marijuana program

Several of the independent experts hired to review applications to open medical marijuana businesses in Maryland had ties to companies whose materials they reviewed, according to records obtained by The Washington Post.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission said it is investigating these potential conflicts of interest.

They include a woman who initially said she had “no known relationships” with individuals applying for cannabis licenses, but later reviewed an application for a company where her husband was a manager and that was affiliated with a Massachusetts marijuana retailer she had co-founded. Two leaders of a District of Columbia dispensary joined Maryland’s panel of experts while their business partners sought to expand into the state; one disclosed the connection, the other did not.

The connections, which The Post discovered after a public records request, raise new questions about how the state tried to avoid conflicts insetting up a legal…

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