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Dissenting medical marijuana commissioner replaced

October 7th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The state medical marijuana commissioner who cast the lone dissenting vote on a controversial move to deny grower licenses to two highly rated applicants and give them to lower-ranked rivals has been replaced.

Gov. Larry Hogan's office confirmed Thursday that he has not reappointed Deborah R. Miran, an appointee of former Gov. Martin O'Malley, on the state Medical Cannabis Commission. A commission spokeswoman said Miran's term had expired.

Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said the decision to replace Miran, the president and founder of a consulting group, had nothing to do with her dissent.

"This office wasn't even remotely aware of how the vote took place," Mayer said.

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