Maryland lawmakers legalize cannabis edibles for medical market

Maryland has legalized the sale of edible medical marijuana products, which likely will provide a substantial revenue boost to MMJ businesses in the fast-growing market.

It would also open new business opportunities for edibles manufacturers.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed the provision into law on Monday, along with a marijuana-related, antitrust bill. State lawmakers had passed both bills in April.

Here are other important provisions in the two new laws:

  • An individual may own up to four MMJ dispensaries.
  • State regulators may not issue more than one grower or one processing license to each applicant.
  • Research institutions such as universities will be allowed to purchase medical cannabis for research. The provision was part of the marijuana edibles bill.

Maryland’s MMJ market launched in late 2017. Sales hit almost $110 million in 2018 and reached around $49 million in the first three months of 2019, according to state figures.

14 comments on “Maryland lawmakers legalize cannabis edibles for medical market
  1. William Burchette on

    Great but I would rather grow my own. Stop the money grab. You think prescription drug prices are bad? Try paying 50$ for 3.5 grams of herb! If the patients interests were minded prices would be way lower but alas this is just another business.

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    • Seb Man on

      Yea the state just screwed us with the $50 for a damn card. Things were fine I guess they didnt satisfy their greed. They could care less about patients. If they did they would let patients grow their own.

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    • Turbo on

      Depends on what you are buying, 3.5 grams are going for $25 or less in a lot of cases. I would have to imagine you are not factoring the cost of growing premium flower and lab testing and mandatory regulations that make sure patients get clean effective medicine that is second to none. Whats the cost of growing and packaging flower that meets our States strict regulations? Should it be free? Will you test your own flower to make sure you aren’t getting heavy metals or other possible contaminants? Are you a patient in the program?

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    • Stacy on

      Agreed 200%! It’s not fair that $25 eighths are the norm in places like Oregon & Colorado. We are paying A LOT of money for our medicine & you can definitely tell the dispensaries that are patient over profit & ones that are only in it for the $$$.

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  2. Chemney on

    Edibles are a great way to enjoy yourself without the smell of weed. I have seen many recipes that incorporate marijuana. The food and medicine of the future.

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  3. Kyle on

    Maryland will never stop its cash grab and power trip. It’ll never allow growing from patients. That will kill all revenue that got the laws changed. This was never considered until someone considered the revenues. Thus the extra charges everywhere.
    As far as testing and regulations. Don’t charge me to test a natural product that Mexican cartels have controlled for decades. Am I to assume cartels tested it and that’s why I’m still healthy and safe? How bout my dealer? No. nobody needs to test it cause Iv smoked for 20 years with absolutely no side effects or sickness from it. Testing it is called inhaling. None of those test mean a damn thing. All it does is raise prices and provide stuck up regulation assholes with the statement that they keep us safe. No they keep us poor and soon as china starts producing without regulations, American growers will be outta job. See a pattern immerging. Regulation (messes) up everything through every industry and cannabis is no different.

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