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Maryland's Budding Medical Marijuana Industry

KPCC: Southern California Public Radio

Medical marijuana is coming to Maryland, and a lot of people hope to strike it rich. Nearly 150 companies are competing for just 15 growing licenses. Others are vying to process and dispense the stuff. Some have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, just to complete the application. The state will soon announce which growers and processors have made the first cut. Who is throwing their hat in the ring and why? How are Marylanders learning to navigate this new market? What are the rewards of being first in line, and what are the pitfalls of operating a business that’s illegal on the federal level?

Our guests: Cannabis industry analyst John Kagia; and Gareth Murray and Leigh Maddox, who have both applied to grow, process, and sell medical marijuana in Maryland.

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