State-Approved Medical Marijuana Is Finally Growing in Maryland – News

Medical marijuana has been legal in Maryland since 2014, but thanks to incredibly slow regulatory processes and a number of lawsuits, it’s taken almost four years to get off the ground. Now, with almost 13,000 state residents already signed up to access the natural medicine, the state’s first plants have finally started growing, with ganjapreneurs and regulators expecting dispensary shelves to be full of cannabis products by the start of 2018.

According to the Washington Post, at least two out of the state’s 12 approved cannabis cultivators have planted pot under the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system.

“This program is launched now,” Patrick Jameson, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said. “We have growers, processors and a dispensary, and we have a lab. The market will determine how this moves forward.”

But while it is true that Maryland has one dispensary ready to stock their display cases, Wellness Institute of Maryland located in Frederick, MD, the rest of the state’s 100 or so prospective dispensaries with preliminary approval are still awaiting final approval. Those shops have until December to find a suitable…

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