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Ex-Maryland politician faces marijuana bribery charges

Former Maryland legislator Cheryl Diane Glenn, a leading advocate for legalizing adult-use marijuana sales in the state, is facing several federal charges for fraud and bribery, including an allegation that she voted to increase the number of medical cannabis grower and processing licenses available to an unidentified, out-of-state company. Maryland’s medical marijuana program has been plagued by licensing issues, including a situation in September that led state regulators to shelve plans to award an additional four cultivation and 10 processing licenses.

– Associated Press

New Jersey judges halt medical cannabis application process

A two-judge panel in New Jersey ordered a state agency to halt its review of almost 150 applicants seeking to operate new medical marijuana businesses after some licenses were denied because of application technicalities. Attorney Joshua Bauchner, who filed a motion on behalf of five MMJ groups, called the decision a “big win,” according to NJ.com. Bauchner is appealing the state health department’s decision to deny licenses based on technical errors, arguing the businesses deserve a merit-based review, NJ.com reported.