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



Vicki Bendure
Bendure Communications, Inc.

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

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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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