Status Update On Maryland’s Medical Cannabis

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Four years after medicinal cannabis was legalized in the state of Maryland, qualifying patients will soon be able to purchase the alternative treatment in dispensaries.  

According to a Washington Post article on Nov. 28, 2017, “14 growers, 12 processors, and nine dispensaries [including Peninsula Alternative Health in Salisbury, Maryland] have been licensed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

About 15,000 people have signed up in the hope of becoming patients, with 8,500 already certified to buy medical cannabis, according to the Commission. Nearly 550 healthcare providers have registered with the state to recommend the drug to their patients.”

Anthony Darby, who leads PAH on Maryland Eastern Shore, spoke to the Post about his expectations “to begin sales soon but is wary of promising a specific opening date.”

He said, “I have been in this situation at least two other times, and because of testing labs and other reasons, product hasn’t gotten to us. We are hopefully optimistic that this is different and the delivery from Curio [Wellness in Timonium in Baltimore County, Maryland] will happen.”

According to a CBS Baltimore report on Nov. 28, 2017, cannabis is growing in state-licensed greenhouses like Curio. The first arrival of medical cannabis in Maryland is expected next week with a limited number of prescriptions filled as soon as Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 in Allegheny County, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

Products will include oils, concentrates, transdermal patches, creams, pills, and flower. Edibles will not be permitted in the state of Maryland.

For more information about the status of medical cannabis in Maryland and how you can obtain it, contact Peninsula Alternative Health.