Pharmaceutical Industry

National firms are starting to snap up Maryland's medical marijuana licenses. Regulators want to prevent that

National firms are starting to snap up Maryland's medical marijuana licenses. Regulators want to prevent that

When state officials wrote the rules for Maryland’s lucrative new medical marijuana industry, they were guided by a few principles. They wanted to foster local businesses, encourage competition and spread opportunity as widely as possible.

To help bring about those conditions, the rulemakers tried to limit companies to owning no more than one store to sell the drug. Their goal was to create a level playing field on which many smaller players could thrive.

But less than a year after the

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