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A HEALING LEAF, LLC v. NATALIE M. LAPRADE MARYLAND MEDICAL CANNABIS COMMISSION, et. al.

Administrative law — Dismissal — Failure to comply with application requirements

A Healing Leaf, LLC’s (hereinafter, “Appellant”) application for a medical cannabis grower license was removed by the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission (“Commission”) because it did not meet the Commission’s requirements for submission. As a result, Appellant’s application was not evaluated and thus not selected for pre-approval of a medical cannabis grower’s license. Appellant filed suit against the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“DHMH”), the Commission, and the individual commissioners, alleging that although its application did not meet one of the requirements, the Commission should have granted it an exception and permitted them to cure the defect. The Commission moved to dismiss, which, after a hearing, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City granted. It is from this dismissal that Appellant files this timely appeal. In doing so, it brings one question for our review, which we have rephrased for clarity: I. Did the circuit court err in dismissing Appellant’s complaint? For the foregoing reasons, we answer …

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