RX POT DEAL IMPERILED: Advocates who want to diversify and expand Maryland’s medical marijuana industry are calling on the General Assembly to hold a one-day special session to get the job done. But the top politicians in Annapolis are again at odds on the issue, imperiling the chances for a deal, reports Fenit Nirappil for the Post. Democratic lawmakers agree that the state should approve five new minority growers to join the 15 mostly white-owned companies already pre-approved to open cultivation sites.
The Legislative Black Caucus stepped up its demand Wednesday for a special General Assembly session to address a lack of diversity in the medical marijuana industry, saying that failure to do so would effectively shut out African-Americans from a lucrative business, Erin Cox of the Sun is reporting.
Del. Cheryl Glenn, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, and Sen. Joan Carter Conway called the death of the bill to expand licensure a deliberate act. They want a single-issue session to pass the bill. “I have never been so angry or disappointed in the legislature in my three terms of service,” Glenn said.
The editorial board for the Sun opines that it would be futile to hold a special session on the issue right now, writing that “the issue was a provision altogether unrelated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the licensees that Mr. Miller insisted on and Mr. Busch wouldn’t agree to. … there is no question that Mr. Miller is the one who should back down.”