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Medical Marijuana Panel in Maryland Releases Applicant Rankings

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana commission on Wednesday released details on how top applicants to grow and process marijuana in the state were ranked. The rankings named two growers that were bumped out of the top 15 and two that were moved up due to geographical considerations.
    
Holistic Industries in Prince George's County and Shore Naturals Rx in Worcester County initially weren't among the top 15 applicants now in line to be licensed to grow marijuana. But they were moved up into the top 15 in order to meet geographic representation in accordance with the law. The decision to make the changes was announced by the commission, shortly before it voted on the top 15 applicants for both growers and processors at an Aug. 5 meeting.
    
Holistic Industries' partners include Josh Genderson, who already grows medical marijuana in the District of Columbia, and former state health secretary Nelson Sabatini. Sabatini was health secretary under two governors: William Donald Schaefer, a Democrat, and Robert Ehrlich, a Republican. Gerard Evans, Maryland's top-earning lobbyist, also worked for the applicant. Holistic Industries made the top 15 to be both a grower and a processor.
    
"We're just very happy that we got in the mix and we think Prince George's County is an exciting place to be setting up a new business and we're looking forward," Evans said.
    
Shore Naturals Rx is registered to Erick Bruder, of Ocean Pines.
    
Holistics Industries and Shore Naturals Rx initially ranked in spots 20 and 21.
    
MD Cultivation and Processing in Frederick County and GTI Maryland in Washington County were two applicants that originally placed in the top 15, but were bumped back to spots 16 and 17.
    
The commission released the rankings for the top 20 growers and the top 30 processor rankings.
    
The top 15 will go through extensive background checks, financial due diligence and inspections during the next phase of a two-stage approval process. If any of them do not get licensed, applicants next in line in the rankings will be considered.
    
"There were many highly-qualified grower and processor applicants," the commission said on its website in announcing the rankings. "However, the commission was limited to granting up to 15 grower pre-approvals due to statutory limitations issued by the legislature. The commission temporarily limited the number of processor pre-approvals to 15 due to resource management."
    
The commission noted that the commission used a "double-blind" review process. Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute was enlisted by the commission to review, evaluate and rank the applications without knowing the applicants' names. The commission also voted on the top applicants only by a coded number without the names of the companies.

Here is how top applicants ranked to become medical marijuana growers and processors in Maryland. The top 15 are in line to be licensed, if they are approved after background checks.
    
GROWERS
    
1. Green Leaf Medical, Frederick County
    
2. Doctors Orders Maryland, Dorchester County
    
3. Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness, Carroll County
    
4. Freestate Wellness, Howard County
    
5. Kind Therapeutics USA, Washington County
    
6. SunMed Growers, Cecil County
    
7. HMS Health, Frederick County
    
8. Harvest of Maryland, Washington County
    
9. Curio Cultivation, Baltimore County
    
10. Grow West MD, Garrett County
    
11. ForwardGro, Anne Arundel County
    
12. MaryMed, Dorchester County
    
13. Temescal Wellness of Maryland, Baltimore city
    
14. Holistic Industries, Prince George's County
    
15. Shore Naturals Rx, Worcester County
    
16. MD Cultivation and Processing, Frederick County
    
17. GTI Maryland, Washington County
    
18. Kind Earth Medicinals, Montgomery County
    
19. Maryland Natural Treatment Solutions, Caroline County
    
20. Mazey Farms, Garrett County
    
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PROCESSORS
    
1. Curio Manufacturing
    
2. AFS Maryland
    
3. Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness
    
4. PharmaCulture
    
5. Blair Wellness Center
    
6. Seven Points Argo-Therapeutics
    
7. Chesapeake Alternatives
    
8. Doctors Orders Maryland
    
9. Pro Green Medical
    
10. Rosebud Organics
    
11. Temescal Wellness of Maryland
    
12. Kind Therapeutics
    
13. FGM Processing
    
14. Holistic Industries
    
15. MarylandMed
    
16. Citiva Maryland
    
17. ForwardExtracts
    
18. PharmaKent
    
19. HMS Health
    
20. Herbiculture Inc.
    
21. GTI Maryland
    
22. Freestate Partners
    
23. Harvest of Maryland
    
24. Wellness Institute of Maryland
    
25. Chesapeake Apothecary
    
26. Maryland Earthworks
    
27. Healthy Extracts
    
28. Chesacanna Inc
    
29. Mikran
    
30. NH Medicinal

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