Former Law Officers Want to Enter Maryland Medical Pot Industry


Several former law enforcement officers want to enter Maryland’s fledgling medical-marijuana industry, according to a June 25, 2016, article in the Washington Post.

Maryland will begin issuing licenses to medical-marijuana businesses this summer. The state passed a law allowing medical marijuana in 2014.

Among potential investors or would-be workers seeking entry into the state’s medical marijuana industry are “former Drug Enforcement Administration agents; the leader of a Maryland statewide police union; former heads of the Department of Natural Resources police; [and] a former U.S. Capitol Police chief,” the Washington Post reported.

Stanford “Neill” Franklin, who retired from the Maryland state police as a major, said, “There’s good money to be made off of it. But there also needs to be enough companies doing things aboveboard, ensuring children have as little access as possible . . . and being a positive force for the community.”

About 150 businesses are vying for 15 cultivation licenses. Maryland also will issue up to 15 licenses—from a pool of 128 applicants—for the processing of marijuana, and pick 94 sellers from 811 applicants. Some applicants seek all three licenses.

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