A prohibition on licenses for growing and processing medical marijuana has been extended in Maryland after a ruling last week by a judge in the state.
The prohibition stems from a temporary restraining order issued last month by Judge Ronald B. Rubin after a company called Remileaf filed a complaint arguing that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission bungled its application for a growing and processing license.
The restraining order was set to expire on Monday, but late last week, Rubin extended it until October 17.
In its complaint, Remileaf asserted that it submitted its application by the deadline of May 24, but that due to problems with the online system, the commission extended the deadline, which in turn required Remileaf to re-submit the application.
The company contends that it deployed a representative to the commission’s office on the date of the new deadline to submit a physical application, but that the representative was denied admission into the office.
Restraining Order Drawing Criticism
Under the restraining order, the state is prohibited from issuing additional cannabis licenses. In his decision last month, Rubin said that Remileaf “has shown a fair chance of prevailing on the merits of its claims, having raised serious