Maryland Cannabis Administration Announces Social Equity License Lottery

The Maryland Cannabis Administration today announced that the lottery drawings for social equity applicants will be held on March 14.

Per the news release: The MCA may select up to 179 applicants across more than 40 unique lottery pools (see Table 1 below for more information). A total of more than 1,500 applications will be entered into the lottery pools and eligible for selection.

“The Cannabis Administration is pleased to announce the lottery date and proceed to the next stage in the social equity licensing process,” said Maryland Cannabis Administration Director
Will Tilburg. “We know businesses are excited to join this growing industry and wish all the qualified social equity applicants good luck in the drawings.”

The MCA has procured a lottery computer from Smartplay International, who will be on-site to conduct the drawings. All lottery procedures were developed in partnership with the Maryland
State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Additionally, the lottery will be overseen by Baker Tilly US, LLP, a leading advisory, tax and assurance firm, who has certified successful cannabis
lotteries in other jurisdictions.

The lottery drawings will be live streamed on the MCA’s website – – with selected application numbers being announced at the time of each lottery draw. The MCA will
also post the list of selected numbers after the lottery. Selected applicants will receive additional communications by the MCA following the drawing event.

Application Breakdown
A total of 1,515 applications were determined to meet the minimum requirements for licensing and will be entered into the lottery. Of these, 874 were for standard and micro dispensaries, 449
were for standard and micro growers, and 192 were for standard and micro processors. Montgomery County (89), Prince George’s County (87), Baltimore County (78), Baltimore City
(64) and Anne Arundel County (64) are the jurisdictions with the largest number of applicants who met the minimum requirements for licensing.

A total of 1,270 passing applications, or 84% of all passing applications, self-reported that they were minority- and women-owned businesses. Of these, a total of 753 passing applications selfreported they were African American or black-owned businesses, 248 self-reported they were Asian-owned businesses, and 43 self-reported they were Hispanic or Latino-owned businesses.

Lottery Information

Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 9:30 AM ET
Location: Livestream available at

Next Steps
Following the lottery, and prior to the award of any conditional licenses, the MCA will conduct an investigation to verify material aspects of each selected applicant. As part of the review process
the Administration will verify any claims regarding social equity ownership and control made in the application. Selected Applicants will receive additional information on this review process in
the days following the lottery drawings. For more information, please visit

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