July 1st is the start of DC's final limited application period for medical cannabis retailers - licenses are limited.
All businesses not registered with ABCA will be at risk of enforcement.
K&M is currently helping D.C. conditional licensees open shop in 2024.


Maryland ushers in its adult use cannabis market

On May 3, 2023, Governor Wes Moore signed the Cannabis Reform Act into law. The Act created the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA), which is the agency charged with regulating Maryland’s regulated cannabis industry.

On July 1, 2023, the law became effective, and adults are now permitted to purchase adult-use cannabis and cannabis products from a licensed dispensary (i.e. non-medical cannabis) in Maryland.

On December 12, 2023, the MCA closed the first application period for adult-use cannabis licenses across all license categories. License categories include: standard dispensary, standard grower, standard processor, microgrower, microprocessor, and micro dispensary. This application period was limited to applicants that were verified by the Office of Social Equity.

The application period for non-social equity applicants is expected to begin after May 2024.

Licenses awarded in 2024 lottery

The MCA awarded 179 social equity licenses by entering eligible applicants into a license lottery in March 2024. Following the 2023 application period, 1,474 license applications were eligible to enter the lottery.

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