Maryland medical cannabis regulators extend application period as errors mar process aimed at diversification

A series of technical snags has forced the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to give companies 14 more days to apply for one of the state’s 14 new growing and processing licenses, state regulators announced Monday.

The commission had received more than 160 applications by the previous May 24 deadline from firms seeking to score a license in a second round of awards aimed at increasing the participation of minority- and women-owned businesses.

The state is issuing four new cannabis growing licenses and 10 new licenses for processing the plant into medical products.

Companies now will have until June 24 to submit new applications “following a series of technical issues that presented obstacles to a significant number of those attempting to submit applications electronically by the May 24th deadline,” the commission announced Monday.