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WMAR Baltimore – License to grow: Medical marijuana in Maryland

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission announced Monday which applicants received preliminary marijuana licenses. ForwardGro is one of the lucky winners.

That was just the first phase. Now applicants have to go through another extensive review before the license is finalized. It could be half a year before patients can pick up their medical marijuana prescription at the nearest pharmacy.

In Focus anchor Jamie Costello spoke with Gail Rand, chief financial officer and patient advocate for ForwardGro.

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Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Awards License to ForwardGro

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Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Awards License to ForwardGro

Company team comprised of expert nursery growers, medical experts, business leaders, and patient advocates

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Aug. 16, 2016—ForwardGro announced that the company has been awarded a stage one license by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. This is a major hurdle in the process to get licensed by the state of Maryland to grow medical cannabis. More than 140 companies applied for 15 licenses.

“We are delighted that ForwardGro was selected,” said Gail Rand who is a member of the leadership team of ForwardGro.  Rand is a Certified Public Accountant who became actively involved in the Maryland legislative process surrounding medical cannabis and the potential uses for her epileptic son.  “Now, we can apply our greenhouse growing experience, medical knowledge and business expertise to effectively grow quality and consistent medical cannabis in our greenhouses.”  Through her advocacy work, Rand organized a non-profit called Stop the Seizures.

Debra Kimless, M.D. is a board certified anesthesiologist and dedicated researcher of the medical use of cannabis for pain management, cancer, and as an opioid replacement.  She is also part of the ForwardGro team. “To be able to enhance the lives of patients, including those who are dealing with chronic and severe pain, is extremely important to me as a physician,” Kimless explained.  “Treating conditions with medical cannabis will improve the quality of life for so many Marylanders by easing and managing pain, preventing seizures, and reducing nausea from chemotherapy as well as other treatments. I am grateful that Maryland has recognized the importance of this.”

ForwardGro’s leadership team includes Gary Mangum and Mike McCarthy, national leaders in the greenhouse growing industry who are co-founders of the seventh largest ornamental horticulture growing operation in the country, and Dan Ramaty an importer/exporter from Israel who will lead the company’s sales division.

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About ForwardGro.  ForwardGro, LLC is a licensed medical cannabis grower with the mission of enhancing the lives of patients through creating the best of class medical cannabis. The company will effectively leverage the latest in medicine, science and technology to produce high quality medical cannabis in an energy efficient manager so that it can provide the best products to dispensaries and processors throughout the state. For more information, visit www.forwardgro.com

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Anne Arundel-based growing operation for medical pot gets preliminary approval

Maryland’s medical marijuana commission has given an Anne Arundel County-based growing operation a tentative go-ahead.

The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission on Monday announced Forward Gro LLC as one of 30 successful applicants selected for a preliminary license to grow or process pot. Of that number, 15 were growing licenses and 15 were for processing.

The proposed growing operation, which counts former Anne Arundel County Sheriff George Johnson among its advisors and Annapolis resident and medical marijuana advocate Gail Rand as its chief financial officer, was the only applicant to be selected from the county.

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Growing medical marijuana could mean big business in Maryland

Growing medical marijuana could mean big business in Maryland. Here’s who wants in…

The people lining up to profit from Maryland’s legal medical-marijuana market include former sheriffs and state lawmakers, wealthy business executives and well-connected political donors, according to previously undisclosed public records obtained by The Washington Post.

Nearly 150 businesses are competing for up to 15 cultivation licenses that will be awarded starting this summer, the first footholds in an emerging industry that is already worth billions nationally.

Very few applicants have publicly discussed their plans. But through a public-records request and database searches, The Post identified more than 950 people working for or investing in prospective growing operations in Maryland. Among them: former Drug Enforcement Administration agents; the leader of a Maryland statewide police union; former heads of the Department of Natural Resources police; a former U.S. Capitol Police chief; and Eugene Monroe, the recently released tackle for the Baltimore Ravens who is the foremost advocate of medical marijuana in the National Football League.

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Agriculture And Medical Marijuana In Maryland: An Industry Perspective

Agriculture And Medical Marijuana In Maryland: An Industry Perspective

For the first time in a long time, I’m not representing Bell Nursery as I share this.

While I remain fully involved in Bell, I’ve found myself pulled into the dialogue that our legislature in Maryland has been having on medical marijuana.

Growing up in an ag family, and participating over many years in various industry organizations, I knew it would be worth learning more about the future of this product and its use as there was rare cross-aisle support for its development here. I knew that agriculture collectively remains Maryland’s largest employer, and farm diversification is something that I’ve felt strongly about since watching tobacco growers of many generations be legislated out of existence a decade ago. These families had tilled the land in some cases since the late 1600s. Unfortunately they had not diversified their income prior to their only cash crop being essentially outlawed.

Following a review of the draft legislation, it was apparent that the evolution of much of the marijuana growing industry was getting ready to be the only type of growing considered by Maryland in its quest for Medical Marijuana production — that is, artificially lit, heated and cooled warehouses.

As it stands now, production of medical marijuana is being discussed only for warehouse or indoor-style production, NOT traditional agriculture or greenhouses. That’s a real problem for future agricultural diversity.

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Annapolis mom was at heart of medical marijuana reform

Annapolis mom was at heart of medical marijuana reform

Expanding Maryland’s fledgling law on medical marijuana proved to be one of the key issues of the just-completed General Assembly session, and an Annapolis mother proved to be a key player in the reform bill that passed the House and Senate.

In the fight to gain access to medical marijuana for her 4-year-old son, Logan, who suffers up to 10 seizures a day because of epilepsy, Gail Rand put herself at the heart of the debate, starting at the opening gavel of the 90-day session when she was on hand to lobby House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller…

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WBAL TV – Bill would expand Md. medical marijuana program

 Proposed legislation would allow 10 businesses to grow and dispense pot for medical purposes, and it’s creating quite a buzz in some agriculture circles.

 

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Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

Barry Considine still has to buy marijuana illegally, as he has since he first asked around a biker bar for it to help treat his post-polio syndrome. Ken Kopper still fears another possession arrest for using it to ease chronic pain resulting from a couple of car accidents.

And Gail Rand still can only watch from afar as a boy in Colorado who has the same form of epilepsy as her 4-year-old son has become seizure-free after regularly ingesting an oil derived from marijuana.

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