Timeline for medical-marijuana cultivation licenses still on schedule

The estimated timeline for awarding cultivation licenses to hopeful producers in Maryland’s new medical-marijuana market remains on schedule for this summer, according to a partner with an applicant looking to start an operation in Washington County.

Sterling Crockett, a partner and general manager of GTI-Maryland, gave a presentation to a roomful of county business officials Wednesday morning, reiterating that the sheer number of applications for producer, processor and dispensary licenses in the state, along with the resignation of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s executive director about a month later, has slowed the process.

The commission’s interim executive director, Richard Proctor, said last month that initial license-award announcements remain on schedule for this summer.

“We’re very encouraged by that,” Crockett said afterward. “It’s hard to believe that we’ve been working on this for a little over a year, and we’re close. Hopefully we’re 60, 90 days away of knowing if our work is going to pay off or not.”

With plans to build a cultivation and processing facility in the Hopewell Valley Industrial Park west of Hagerstown, GTI-Maryland is one of several applicants that have publicly disclosed proposed operations in Washington County.

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