Today’s Washington Post came back to a story that it ran back in June (“Growing medical marijuana could mean big business in Maryland. Here’s who wants in“) and that I speculated would be problematic here (although for different reasons). The most recent story reporting on Maryland’s medical marijuana business exposes questionable (putting it politely) political dealings that favored wealthy or connected businesses:
Several of the winning applicants have political ties — with major donors or high-ranking officials on their teams — including a company that hired the Maryland lawmaker who was the driving force behind the tightly regulated program.
One of the politically connected companies is Doctor’s Orders. The group hired Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County), the legislature’s top sponsor of medical marijuana legislation, to serve as clinical director of an affiliated dispensary.