Recently trimmed plants hang in the drying room at Denver Relief in February 2013. (Kathryn Scott Osler, Denver Post file)

Maryland marijuana: State gets 1,000-plus medical pot license applications

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland marijuana is getting ready for its close-up. The state has received 1,081 applications for licenses for the state’s medical marijuana program and most sought dispenser licenses.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced this week the total number of applications received by the Nov. 6 deadline. Officials say 811 of the applications received were from prospective dispensers.

The commission says many submitted applications in all 47 state Senate districts, but state regulations prohibit any candidate from receiving more than one dispensary license. The state will only award two dispensary licenses per Senate district, for a total of 94 statewide.

The commission received 146 applications for growers and 124 for processors statewide.

The first stage of license approvals was expected by January, but because of the large number of applications, that will be delayed.