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Medical Marijuana Law in Maryland

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Medical Marijuana Law in Maryland

Workshop Description/Agenda

A Comprehensive Overview of Medical Marijuana Legal Issues

Medical marijuana creates numerous opportunities for investors, business owners, healthcare providers and patients with qualifying conditions. It also creates a myriad of potential legal problems for those who misinterpret state law and fail to take into account the fact that marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. It is essential that attorneys advising medical marijuana businesses, patients and healthcare providers have a firm understanding of state and federal laws, as well as business licensing procedures, taxation difficulties, financing pitfalls and more. Confidently navigate the many intricacies of medical marijuana law - register today!

  • Analyze federal memos on medical marijuana and make sense of contradictory government positions.
  • Advise prospective medical marijuana business owners on the in's and out's of licensing and compliance.
  • Ensure dispensaries properly test and package medical marijuana edibles and other products.
  • Appraise current banking difficulties for medical cannabis companies, and find alternative solutions for clients' financing problems.
  • Employ creative tax strategies to offset the inability of medical marijuana businesses to deduct business expenses.
  • Understand what conditions qualify patients for medical marijuana prescriptions.


  1. Federal Responses to Medical Marijuana Laws
    9:00 - 10:00, Noah Mamber
    1. Current Federal Enforcement Priorities
    2. Federal Memos: Contradictory Messages
    3. State Pathway to Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Legislation
    4. Possible Legal Consequences to Cannabis Consumers Under Federal Law
      1. Gun Control Act of 1968
      2. Federal Housing Assistance
      3. Veterans
    5. State Agencies and Federal Funding
    6. Preemption and the Controlled Substance Act
    7. Trademark Issues and Considerations for Cannabis Businesses
  2. Obtaining Medical Marijuana Business Licenses: Overcoming Hurdles
    10:15 - 11:15, Meredith Kinner
    1. Types of Authorized Businesses: Dispensaries, Cultivation Facilities, etc.
    2. Persons Prohibited from Owning and Operating Cannabis Businesses
    3. License Application and Pre-Approval Process
    4. Necessary Start-Up Capital
    5. Complying with Zoning Requirements
    6. Appeals for License Denials/Diversity Licenses Created by Legislature
    7. Overcoming Property Leasing Difficulties for Marijuana Businesses
    8. Out of State Investors
  3. Essential Business Considerations for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
    11:15 - 12:15, John McGowan
    1. Marketing Restrictions for Marijuana Dispensaries
    2. Verifying Patient Information and Dosage Amounts/"Seed to Sale Tracking"
    3. Security and Control Requirements for Dispensaries and Producers
    4. Product Preparation and Packaging Requirements
    5. Product Testing Requirements
    6. Complying with State Inspection Requirements
    7. Reporting Duties to the State Licensing Authority
    8. Negotiating Third Party Agreements with Cultivators, Managers, etc.
  4. Financing Difficulties for Lenders and Marijuana Businesses
    1:15 - 2:15, Ian C. Keefe
    1. Implications for Ancillary Business Service Providers
    2. Secured Real Estate Lenders and Lien Rights
    3. Due Diligence and Risk Assessment Mandates/Obligations to Prepare Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR)
    4. Current and Proposed State and Federal Legislation
    5. Securing Alternate Sources of Financing: What are the Options?
    6. Local Banks That Serve the Industry
  5. Medical Marijuana Business Taxation: Strategies to Overcome Current Difficulties
    2:15 - 3:15, Ian C. Keefe
    1. Internal Revenue Code Section 280E and Business Deductions
    2. Business Diversification Tactics: A Detailed Tax Analysis
    3. State Medical Marijuana Taxes: Entity vs. Patient
    4. Current and Proposed Federal Legislation
  6. Patients, Caregivers and Physicians: Ensuring Legal Compliance
    3:30 - 4:30, Noah Mamber
    1. Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Prescriptions
    2. Obtaining Patient Registry Cards: Exclusions, Fees and Other Key Considerations
    3. Authorized Caregivers: Determining Eligibility
    4. Requirements and Liabilities for Physicians
    5. Where can Patients Consume Medical Marijuana?
    6. Employment-Related Concerns for Patients
    7. Other Civil Concerns

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level program provides a comprehensive overview of medical marijuana laws for:

  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Bankers and Commercial Lenders
  • Financial Advisors

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Niche Business

Training Course Summary: Medical Marijuana Law in Maryland

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