A Maryland clinic offering consulting services to prospective medical cannabis patients more than a year before the state’s MMJ program takes effect is drawing mixed reviews from industry and state officials.
Greenway Consultation – which provides information and guidance but doesn’t actually sell marijuana – opened its doors in June and has already seen more than 100 patients. It has a total of three consultants and three physicians, though none are registered with the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission to recommend MMJ to patients.
Patients initially pay $200 to meet with a physician for about 30 minutes, the TV station reported.
The state is expected to adopt regulations in September, and doctor and patient registries will start in December or January, according to the state. Dispensaries could open next summer.
Greenway’s spokesman said seeing patients before the program’s launch allows the clinic to build patient-doctor relationships, which will speed the recommendation process once the program begins. The firm also plans on hosting monthly educational meetings, in which executives from other cannabis businesses will be allowed to come and speak about the program and issues surrounding the MMJ industry.