The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced yesterday that it will hire a diversity consultant to examine what steps it could take to improve racial diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry.  The announcement comes after a losing applicant for a medical marijuana license filed a lawsuit against the Commission alleging that its selection process for coveted marijuana growing licenses ignored a statutory mandate to consider the racial diversity of the applicants. The complaint alleges that the Commission was “derelict in its legislatively mandated duty to ‘actively seek to achieve racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity when licensing medical cannabis growers.’”

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus has also criticized the lack of racial diversity in the Commission’s licensing process.  Of the 30 business that were cleared for growing and process licenses in 2016, minorities held leadership positions in only two.
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With only a week until Election Day, we continue our coverage of state ballot initiatives proposing to legalize recreational marijuana use:

MASSACHUSETTS:  Massachusetts’ Question 4 would permit people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public and up to 10 ounces at home. Massachusetts residents would be able to grow up to six plants and
Continue Reading RE[e]FERENDUMS: 2016 Marijuana State Ballot Initiatives, Part 3

The Florida chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) filed a civil lawsuit against the Broward County Commissioner of Elections, after news reports indicated that some mail-in ballots did not include a question about a state constitutional amendment on allowing medical marijuana.

The plaintiffs’ are seeking “a judicial declaration enjoining the Defendants from distributing any
Continue Reading UP IN SMOKE?: NORML Sues After Reports that FL Medical Marijuana Measure Disappeared From Ballot

With only a month to Election Day, The Blunt Truth turns its attention to the ballot measures in nine states that would expand legal access to marijuana.  This week we look at two of the five states— Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada —with ballot measures proposing to legalize recreational marijuana use for anyone 21 and over:
Continue Reading RE[e]FERENDUMS: 2016 Marijuana State Ballot Initiatives