Twin bills HB 556 (sponsored by Delegates CT Wilson and Vanessa Atterbeary) and SB 516 (sponsored by Sens. Brian Feldman and Antonio Hayes) would legalize and regulate the sales of cannabis in Maryland to adults 21 and older. Simple possession and home cultivation by adults 21 and older were already legalized, effective July 1, 2023.
Starting on July 1, 2023, sales would begin exclusively from existing medical cannabis licenses who pay a conversion fee. Other licenses would begin being issued to social equity applicants in early 2024. The House passed a revised version of the bill on March 10 in a 103-32 vote.
Regulatory Authority and Advisory Board
Converting Existing Medical Cannabis Businesses
Cannabis Business Licensing
Þ The House-passed version requires the Division to:
Þ Although there is a limited market demand study each year (but — in the House-passed version it specifies this may not be done before the first round of licenses is issued), the bill does not ever allow licenses to exceed the above numbers, even in event of shortages and prices that keep the illicit market active.
Licensing Timeline and Numbers Per Round
Social Equity and Diversity
“Social Equity Partnership” Grants
Office of Social Equity
Community Reinvestment and Repair Fund
Medical Cannabis Patients
Cannabis Research and Development
Prohibits Synthetically Produced Cannabinoids