Maryland regulators approve eight new medical marijuana growers

Maryland’s medical marijuana regulators approved final licenses for eight companies on Monday, bringing on line more than half of the firms picked to grow the drug.

Some companies said they are ready to begin growing immediately, while others say they will take weeks to start.

“Now, we have a real industry,” said Cary Millstein, CEO of newly licensed grower Freestate Wellness in Howard County.

Until Monday, just one firm had permission to start cultivating medical marijuana, which was first legalized in the state in 2013. Even at full capacity, just one firm could not produce nearly enough to support the entire industry.

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