US (MD): Frostburg State University gets into medical marijuana cultivation

A Maryland university is dipping its toe into the world of medical marijuana research.

Frostburg State University said it plans to partner on research with Peak Harvest Health, a company started by D.C.-area businessmen that aims to become the first grower of medical marijuana in Maryland.

The university is one of the only institutions in the U.S. to offer a major in ethnobotany, the study of the relationship between people and plants. The school also wants to explore workforce development opportunities with Peak Harvest to the extent it is permitted by federal law, officials said.

Peak Harvest is led by Peter Kirsch, the COO of real estate investment company Palace Investment Co., and Kevin Gibbs, a Maryland real estate expert. They teamed up with Ethan Ruby, an experienced medical marijuana cultivator in Connecticut and Minnesota, to found the company.

Read the full report at Washington Business Journal

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