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Navigating the Cannabis License Application in Maryland: A Comprehensive Guide

Everything you Need to Know to Complete a Cannabis License Application in Maryland: A Comprehensive Guide By CannDelta Cannabis License Consultants


Welcome, budding entrepreneurs! As a seasoned cannabis consultant, I’m here to guide you through the intricate process of the cannabis license application in Maryland. The recent Cannabis Reform Act (HB556/SB516) has brought about new opportunities for many, especially those in disproportionately impacted areas. Let’s delve into some frequently asked questions to help streamline your application process.


1. Who Can Apply for a Cannabis License in Maryland?

Round 1 of the application process has a specific focus on social equity applicants. According to the Cannabis Reform Act:

  • A social equity applicant must have at least 65% ownership and control held by individuals who:
    • Resided in a disproportionately impacted area for a minimum of five out of the last ten years.
    • Spent at least five years attending a public school in such an area.
    • Completed at least two years at a 4-year higher education institution in Maryland where a minimum of 40% of attendees qualify for a Pell grant.

2. What Exactly is a “Disproportionately Impacted Area”?

This term, rooted in the Cannabis Reform Act (HB556/SB516), refers to regions in Maryland that have seen cannabis possession charges exceeding 150% of the state’s 10-year average. A detailed map highlighting these areas, including relevant zip codes, will soon be made available.


3. What Documents are Essential for the Application?

Being a cannabis consultant, I’ve often emphasized the importance of being thorough. To successfully apply, ensure you:

  • Meet the criteria for a social equity applicant.
  • Provide a comprehensive operational plan.
  • Showcase a well-researched business plan.
  • Present a detailed diversity plan.

4. Is there an Application Fee?

Yes. The fees are as follows:

  • Standard License: $5,000
  • Micro License: $1,000

5. Standard vs. Micro License: What’s the Difference?

Both licenses provide the green light to operate businesses centered around growing, processing, or dispensing cannabis in Maryland. However, micro licenses target smaller businesses. They limit the amount of cannabis you can process or grow. Plus, micro dispensaries enjoy the unique perk of being able to offer cannabis product delivery services.


6. When Does the Application Process Begin?

While the dates for the initial licensing round are still under wraps, we anticipate the applications to be accessible in September 2023. To stay updated and learn how to apply, simply fill out this form here.


Navigating the Maryland cannabis landscape can be challenging, but with the right guidance, the process becomes smoother. As your trusted cannabis consultant, I’m here to help ensure that your Cannabis License Application journey in Maryland is as seamless as possible. Stay tuned for more insights and updates!