Maryland's marijuana diversity report released, but what does it mean for minority business owners?

Discrimination in Maryland’s broader business climate would justify giving minority and women-owned businesses preferences for entering the state-regulated medical marijuana market, according to a report released Wednesday.

The long-awaited report, ordered by Gov. Larry Hogan, R, gives lawmakers the justification they need to pass legislation to help more minorities break into the industry.

Pending legislation would set aside five new marijuana cultivation licenses for minority-owned businesses, and put a pause on any other new licenses for as long as a decade.

None of the 14…

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