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Hogan orders study of racial disparities in Maryland medical marijuana industry

Hogan orders study of racial disparities in Maryland medical marijuana industry

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday ordered a study of whether minorities face a disadvantage when seeking to participate in the state's nascent medical marijuana industry.

Such a study is considered a prerequisite for giving preference to African-Americans and other minorities when awarding licenses to grow, process or distribute the drug.

Black-owned businesses were shut out in the first round of 15 preliminary license awards to grow cannabis plants, despite a state law requiring the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to "actively seek to achieve" racial diversity among license winners. The commission said it didn't consider racial diversity because the Maryland...

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