(BaltimoreSun) The House of Delegates approved legislation Tuesday that would overhaul Maryland’s system for regulating medical marijuana while expanding the number of grower’s licenses to open the industry to minorities.
The 90-45 vote, enough to override a possible veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, sends the bill to the Senate with less than a week remaining in the General Assembly session.
The bill would provide for the issuance of five additional licenses after a study is conducted on whether African-Americans and other minorities had undergone discrimination in related industries. Such a study could yield legal justification for giving minority applicants an advantage in any award of the next five licenses.