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Maryland medical marijuana panel OK's first license to grow

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Posted at 9:25 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 07:30:27-04

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has given final approval to the first company in the state to grow marijuana.

The commission announced that  the grower application for Anne Arundel County based ForwardGro be converted to a grower license based on the company meeting the required specifications. 

The company was one of 15 others to be named as finalists last year. The commission's decision comes more than four years after the state legalized medical marijuana.

The decision comes as a company that wasn't named as a finalist is seeking an emergency motion in court to block the commission from issuing any final licenses. Alternative Medicine Maryland asked a Baltimore judge to issue a temporary injunction on Monday.

The company contends regulators didn't consider racial diversity when awarding preliminary licenses, as required by law.