Partners in Pot: Maryland Marijuana Businesses Seek Novel Collaborations

At least two Maryland state universities are jumping at the chance to work with marijuana growers to research the medicinal application and cultivation of cannabis. A tiny Western Maryland town says it would happily accept a 5 percent share of profits from a company that hopes to operate there.

As competition to join Maryland’s burgeoning medical-
marijuana industry intensifies, some out-of-state entrepreneurs are forging partnerships with local institutions even before securing a license to operate.

The entrepreneurs say it is better to be a pillar of the community than a pariah. And while Maryland’s top cannabis regulator says community engagement efforts will not give applicants an edge in landing one of the 15 highly coveted growing licenses, she also says that such partnerships can’t hurt.

– Read the entire article at The Washington Post.