Regulated adult cannabis sales will begin Saturday in Maryland. These sales begin seven months after voters in the state legalized cannabis in November.
People age 21 and older will now be able to purchase cannabis for recreational use in the state and the Cannabis Act will allow:
- The conversion of existing medical license holders to a new license authorizing the cultivation, manufacture and sale of medical and adult cannabis
- A single supply chain for all products grown or produced in Maryland
- An application and licensing process for new businesses
The rules put in place for the preparation of the market open provisions relating to social equity,: social equity partnership assistance program, reduction of license and renewal fees for social equity companies and obligation for existing businesses to distribute or reserve distribution space for social equity businesses, among others.
Meg Nash, a partner at cannabis and psychedelics law firm Vicente LLP, told High Times “Maryland’s rapid implementation of its adult cannabis use program is remarkable and will, we hope, serve as a model for other states that share the policy goals of increased access to safe cannabis products. and deterrence from participation in the unregulated industry. »
“The Maryland Cannabis Administration shows no signs of slowing down, as a new licensing round exclusively for social equity seekers is expected to be announced in the coming months, and new licensees will be selected by lottery before the end of the year. »
The new regulations also complement the state’s current medical cannabis program, aimed at maintaining best practices and establishing special accommodations for medical patients.
These include hours of operation to patients for distribution for medical purposes only, patient-only lanes at licensed dispensaries, and products reserved for medical patients. The current patient and carer register and registration procedure will be maintained, as will access to delivery services for patients.