The Latest: Maryland names top medical marijuana applicants



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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a Maryland commission naming top applicants to grow and process medical marijuana in the state (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A Maryland panel has named the top applicants for growing and processing medical marijuana.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Monday announced the top 15 growers and 15 processors who are in line to eventually be licensed, if they win final approval after background checks. Nearly half of them were selected to be both growers and processors.

The commission chose from a pool of 145 grower applicants and 124 processor applicants.

Medical cannabis is not expected to be available from Maryland dispensaries until next year.

The commission is expected to grant 94 dispensary licenses out of 811 applications later this year.

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3:52 a.m.

The names of the top applicants to be licensed to grow and process medical marijuana in Maryland are scheduled to be made public.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is set to make the announcement Monday afternoon.

Earlier this month, the commission approved the top applicants in line for 15 grower licenses and 15 processor licenses. The panel also chose five applicants to be alternates in each category, in case any of the top 15 fail to be licensed after background checks.

The commission is expected to grant 94 dispensary licenses out of 811 applications later this year. Medical cannabis is not expected to be available from Maryland dispensaries until next year.

Maryland's medical marijuana program has suffered setbacks and delays since the state's first law was approved in 2013.

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