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CannaMED Pharmaceutical Leaders Confident Over Receiving Marijuana License

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Future grow room at CannaMED Pharmaceuticals. (Photo: WBOC) Future grow room at CannaMED Pharmaceuticals. (Photo: WBOC)

HEBRON, Md.- Leaders of CannaMED Pharmaceuticals are confident their organization will be one of the 15 in the state of Maryland to be chosen to be a grower of medical cannabis.  CannaMED has already purchased a facility in Wicomico County and work is currently being done to prepare the building for growing.

The 47,000-square-foot facility sits just off Route 50 in Hebron.  Jeffrey Siskind, chairman of CannaMED Pharmaceuticals, believes already having the facility puts the company ahead of other potential medical cannabis growers throughout the state.

"I'm guessing it's a year ahead," Siskind told WBOC on Wednesday.  "If anybody wants to starts from scratch, if they haven't secured a property already, they've got permits to go through, they've got construction to go through.  Then they've got at least five months worth of planting time to get their first crop.  A year minimum."

Construction is already underway inside the facility to get it ready for growing operations.  There is a large space dedicated solely to medical cannabis research.  There is also a large open room that will house numerous individual growing rooms.  The space is large enough, with high enough ceilings, that if demand becomes high enough, CannaMED is prepared to add a second floor to the room to double up on growing operations.

Approval from the state of Maryland for growing medical cannabis comes in two phases.  Phase one is a phone call from the state, congratulating the potential grower.  Phase two is a site visit from state representatives.  CannaMED leaders said they are getting as much done as possible for the possible phone call.

"The hope is, of course, if we are fortunate enough to get a license, we'll get the call and be asked, 'When do you want your phase two approval to be conducted?'  And our response will be, 'How about next week?'  So I think we'll be the first team that will actually be planting crops," Siskind said.

Once seeds are planted, Siskind said it will be about five months before the first crop is ready to be processed. CannaMED leaders said, barring any further delays from the state, they could hear about their first phase approval for growing as early as Aug. 5.

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