Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena – Baltimore Sun


A company whose application to open a medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena was rejected has appealed the decision, arguing that it meets Anne Arundel County requirements.

Maryland Physician Partners LLC’s bid to open a dispensary at 7609 Energy Parkway in Brandon Woods Business Park was rejected in April because the property did not immediately abut an arterial or higher classified road.

In the May 3 appeal, owner Dr. Gina Berman and attorney Joseph F. Devlin said the rejection of the Arizona firm’s application “was against the weight of the evidence, contrary to law, arbitrary and capricious, and improper.”

The special application “meets all of the requirements for special exception approval” for a medical cannabis dispensary in a business complex in the district, Devlin wrote in a June 7 letter.

“In light of the fact that the use is proposed for a business complex on industrial zoned property, vehicular access from an arterial road is not required,” Devlin wrote.

The proposed dispensary’s landlord is Ravinder Melhi, 56, of Clarksville, who had been federally charged in 2011 along with her husband in a scheme to illegally distribute untaxed cigarettes and alcohol, The Baltimore Sun reported at the time.

FAQ: What you need to know about medical marijuana in Maryland

Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland, more than four years after the General Assembly passed a law legalizing it.

Standing up the industry — with growers, processors, dispensaries and doctors — took longer than expected. The law needed to be tweaked, rules needed to be written and legal…

Melhi pleaded guilty to conspiracy arising from a scheme to illegally access a protected Motor Vehicle Administration computer for commercial and personal gain,

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