Will Maryland Let Their Medical Marijuana Die?

Maryland is really struggling figuring out medical cannabis. The companies that they have issued licenses to have complied with the law and some even have mature cannabis ready to go, but it looks like Maryland will let its medical marijuana die. The state is not ready to start accepting patients and allowing them to purchase the medical cannabis.

Along with the 8 recreational weed states, Washington D.C. has legalized recreational marijuana. There are 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana but despite all of these examples, Maryland lawmakers are not ready for the market. Does it make any business sense to you that Maryland would let an entire crop of medical marijuana die?

The first crop in Maryland’s long-delayed medical cannabis program is mature and waiting for testing, but it is still unclear when patients might be able to buy it.

And industry officials caution that when it is ready for sale, there will not be nearly enough to meet market demand.

“This industry is in its infancy,” Patrick Jameson, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said Tuesday.

“No one should have any expectations,” he said. “The initial supply of medical cannabis will be limited.”

The nascent industry has grown in fits and starts, beset by delays, court cases and a complete overhaul of the commission this summer.

On Tuesday afternoon, regulators approved eight more firms to enter the market — one grower, four processors, two independent testing labs and two dispensaries.

After years of delays, lawsuits and other controversy, 14 firms in Maryland are now growing or poised to grow legal medical marijuana, firing up the supply chain for a market that’s expected to reach a quarter billion dollars annually.

After years of delays, lawsuits and other controversy, 14 firms in Maryland are now growing or poised to grow legal medical marijuana, firing up the supply chain for a market that’s expected to reach a quarter billion dollars annually.

More than 100 companies given initial approval to join the market in 2016 have not passed inspection to come online.

Before Tuesday, just one dispensary and one independent testing lab were permitted to do business.

ForwardGro, the Anne Arundel County company that was the first in the state to get a growing license, sent its product to the lab last month and is waiting.

ForwardGro spokeswoman Gail Rand said her company gave the testing lab some of its product to help the facility calibrate its machines, a process that is still underway. That must be completed before the marijuana flowers are tested for potency and quality, then certified for sale. She could not estimate when that would happen.

“We have to wait for all their equipment to be validated in order for them to be ready to test,” Rand said. “We are waiting for each step to figure out the next step.”

Newly approved dispensary owner William Askinazi said he’s hoping to have at least some product in two to four weeks.

The medical marijuana commission granted him permission Tuesday to open the doors at Potomac Holistics, his 3,000-square-foot medical suite near Shady Grove Medical Center in Montgomery County. In addition to dispensing at its office space, Potomac Holistic plans to deliver cannabis to patients all over the state.

A few months after the Inman family traipsed the State House halls to press lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, doctors wanted to cut open their son’s head, again.

Jenny and Alex Inman had helped reshape Maryland’s medical marijuana laws as parent-advocates, telling lawmakers the drug held…

A few months after the Inman family traipsed the State House halls to press lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, doctors wanted to cut open their son’s head, again.

Jenny and Alex Inman had helped reshape Maryland’s medical marijuana laws as parent-advocates, telling lawmakers the drug held…

Askinazi said he’s had 800 inquiries from potential patients in the last eight weeks.

“We’re ready to go,” he said. “We’re waiting for the growers.”

Jameson said 12,491 patients have been enrolled in the program, and 550 medical providers have signed up to recommend the drug, which represent less 3.5 percent of the state’s roughly 16,000 doctors.

There is not a public list of doctors available, so patients must seek out professionals to recommend it. Doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and midwives can recommend the drug.

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