Marylanders are (finally) days away from being able to legally buy medical marijuana

(Cannabist) In all, 14 growers, 12 processors and nine dispensaries have been licensed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Roughly 15,000 Marylanders have signed up in hopes of becoming patients, with 8,500 of them already certified to buy medical cannabis, according to the commission. Nearly 550 health-careproviders have registered with the state to recommend the drug to their patients.

Legal conflicts and bureaucratic hiccups slowed the launch of the industry in Maryland. The commission was overwhelmed by a slew of applications from interested marijuana businesses, delaying the first batch of licenses awards by more than six months. Since then, regulators have fended off complaints from businesses and lawmakers who said the process of choosing marijuana companies was unfair.