Here’s their press release

Press Release: http://mmc.maryland.gov/pages/New%20Timeline%20Release.pdf

MMCC Executive Director Hannah Byron states in the release

“Before medicine can be dispensed, it has to be grown, processed, tested and packaged. Therefore, we will first issue Stage One approvals for grower and processor licenses, with Stage One approval for dispensary licenses to follow. This sequential approach mirrors the operational needs of the program and represents the most efficient means of processing each category of application.”