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.