How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Maryland

Maryland

Medical:
yes
Adult Use:
no
Age:
21+
Hemp:
yes
CBD:
yes
Delivery:
medical
Fees:
N/A
Application:
N/A
Market Overview:

Medical cannabis in Maryland was made legal in May 2013 with sales beginning in December 2017. Adult use cannabis sales are currently illegal but possession in small amounts by adults 21 years of age and older was decriminalized in April 2014.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who needs to be a Registered Agent?:

Any individual working for a licensed Dispensary, Medical Grow, or Processor. There are three types of agents currently in the state of Maryland: a Medical Cannabis Grower Agent, a Medical Cannabis Processor Agent, and a Registered Dispensary Agent. Maryland Department of Health, Medical Cannabis Commission

Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Be submitted by the licensee (the company who hired you)
  • Provide fingerprints
  • Undergo a background check
Background Check Requirements:

“A prospective registered dispensary agent may not be registered by the Commission if the prospective registered dispensary agent has ever been convicted of a felony drug offense, except as provided in Health-General Article, §13-3308(d), Annotated Code of Maryland.” Sec. 10.62.26.03 Registered Dispensary Agent

“A prospective grower agent may not be registered if the prospective grower agent has ever been convicted of a felony drug offense, except as provided in Health-General Article, §13-3306(5)(iii), Annotated Code of Maryland.” Sec. 10.62.09.03 Grower Agent Registration and Criminal History Record

“A prospective registered processor agent may not be registered by the Commission if the prospective registered processor agent has ever been convicted of a felony drug offense, except as provided in Health-General Article, §13-3310(d), Annotated Code of Maryland.” Sec. 10.62.20.03 Processor Agent Registration and Criminal History Record

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