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How to become a medical cannabis grower

There’s much debate in the world of artificial lighting for cannabis greenhouses, but studies have shown HPS – or High Pressure Sodium – lights provide a more consistent form of lighting for indoor grow facilities.

Already considered a success in achieving water-saving status in the UK brewing industry, some cannabis producers are investing in closed-circuit desalination (CCD), reverse osmosis water systems. At the same time as purifying incoming municipal water sources, these CCD systems can recover as much as 97% of wastewater, therefore reducing water demand and saving in disposal fees.

Basic Information

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to better help guide inquiries for starting a commercial cannabis grow operation. We recommend reading the answers to our FAQs before proceeding to read the guide below.

Fortunately, the climate of the Pacific Northwest lends itself very well to outdoor cannabis production. In fact, some rural areas of Washington and Oregon with agricultural backgrounds have found cannabis to be an easy to maintain, financially lucrative cash crop. Because cannabis roots can expand exponentially, outdoor growers can reap a far greater harvest by allowing their plants to grow to 10 feet tall or higher, uninhibited by artificial lighting or ceilings. Cannabis makes an excellent cover crop, allowing ample space on the surface for smaller crops like tomatoes, carrots, and lettuce to grow with an extra layer of protection above.

Indoor Growing Facilities

According to Confluence Denver, producers who opt for an energy efficient greenhouse facility pay about half the costs of those who grow in a warehouse. The importance in selecting a functional, sustainable grow facility early in the life of your recreational or medical cannabis business is monumental. Recent investigations show a direct correlation between sustainable building and operations standard and profit margins on large-scale facilities, meaning larger producers and distributors may be in a more strategically beneficial market position should federal legalization occur.

​The Maryland regulations do not specify a minimum or maximum number of plants that a licensed grower must or may cultivate.​

​No; the licensee must provide required agent ID cards to anyone transporting cannabis.​

Some states provide that there is a maximum or minimum number of plants that can be grown by a licensed grower. What is the number for Maryland?

​The Commission has announced the names of the 15 Pre-approved Growers, however, no actual final licenses to grow medical cannabis have been issued . ​ The pre-approved entities are currently working through Stage Two of the licensing process, which includes extensive background investigations and regulatory requirements. The Commissioners will vote for licensure in a public meeting once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete.

​Evidence that the licensed premises comply with all zoning planning requirements is required in S tage Two of the application process.​

Does a “secure transportation company” require a separate license from the State of Maryland?

​Yes; however, the agent would need to register multiple registrations at a charge of $200 per registration.​