Study: Minorities at disadvantage in obtaining medical cannabis licenses

An economic consulting group supports measures that would provide more medical marijuana businesses to women and minority owners.

The consulting firm National Economic Research Associates released its 2017 Business Disparities in the Maryland Market Area report Wednesday. They concluded there are adverse economic disparities for women and minority business owners in the state.

The governor commissioned the study at the request of the Legislative Black Caucus. The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission had awarded 15 grower licenses, and none of the organizations are minority-owned.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that mandates reserving five licenses to qualified minority and women applicants.

Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn, the chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is a leading advocate for more minority participation in Maryland’s medical marijuana field. She said the study is a key to passing the bill.

“It’s critical because you can’t pass legislation that factors into race

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