Could Maryland medical cannabis sales begin soon?

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The four-year wait in Maryland might be coming to a close.

Industry insiders in the state are predicting medical marijuana businesses could start selling product as soon as this month.

Wendy Bronfein, the marketing director for Curio Wellness in Lutherville, Maryland, said she expects to see sales begin this month, then steadily progress into the next year.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Businesses will sell cannabis in forms such as lotion, pills and transdermal patches.
  • Brian Lopez, chairman of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said he hopes to see 20-30 MMJ dispensaries open by the end of the year.
  • The commission still needs to iron out issues such as “how to regulate how dispensaries will serve out-of-state patients.”
  • The question of racial diversity in Maryland’s MMJ industry hasn’t yet been resolved. Lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation next session to award cannabis licenses to African-American business owners.

– Associated Press