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Medical cannabis company acquires approved site plan in Taneytown from other company

TANEYTOWN — The Taneytown Planning Commission unanimously granted final approval for Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC's site plan Monday, after the medical marijuana growing and processing company acquired the original site plans from CannaMD.

"We approved the site plan for CannaMD several months ago," Jim Wieprecht, Taneytown's zoning and code enforcement officer, said during the Taneytown Planning Commission meeting Monday night. "We granted final approval that was conditional on [CannaMD's] state license. Because they didn't receive the license, the group that did receive the license acquired the plan. [The] only thing changed in the plan is the name."


Maryland's Medical Cannabis Commission announced in early August that Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC was granted preliminary approval for one of 15 licenses to grow cannabis and one of 15 licenses to process it.

According to a Chicago Tribune article published in July, the CEO of Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness is Steve Weisman, of Illinois. Weisman, 30, is a former Chicago attorney who is now chief executive of Windy City Cannabis Club, which has been licensed to sell medical marijuana in four Illinois towns.


The commission has not yet awarded preliminary licenses for up to 94 dispensaries across the state. More than 800 applications were submitted. Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness has also applied for dispensary licenses in 25 senatorial districts in Maryland, including Districts 5 and 9, which include Carroll County.

Attorney Clark Shaffer spoke on behalf of Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC during the planning commission meeting. Shaffer said the facility in the 5000 block of Taneytown Pike is "ideal for their use."

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"It's the same exact site plan, but there will be a different owner and operator," Shaffer said.

CEO Mitch Kahn, of Chicago-based dispensary company Greenhouse, also spoke on behalf of Compassionate Care and Wellness LLC. Kahn said the companies will now go through a second stage of review that includes further background checks and facility reviews. Patients won't be able to access the drug until at least next year.

"We're working with Maryland and we expect it will happen," Kahn said during the meeting. "Our team has licenses in multiple states."

Kahn said the company, which has also been considering a site in Westminster, is in the process of leasing the facility with an option to buy the building in the future.