Just over three months since the first few medical marijuana dispensaries opened their doors amid a shortage of products and some technical difficulties, more than 30 cannabis outlets have opened in Maryland.
The 34 dispensaries are maintaining regular hours and are located in all corners of the state, according to a review by The Sun. They are in a dozen counties and Baltimore City, with five more dispensaries licensed but not yet open in five jurisdictions.
There are 102 dispensaries approved by the state.
“The inspections of the additional dispensaries are continuing,” according to Jennifer White, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
Montgomery County has the most open dispensaries with nine, followed by Howard and Baltimore counties, which have five each.
This is up from the six that opened in early December, when they all reported supply issues and three closed temporarily because of those troubles or technical glitches.
Among the latest to open is Curaleaf in Reisterstown, though the operation is part of a larger enterprise with retail shops in several other states.
With a majority in the state supporting medical marijuana, most operations have opened with little notice, though a few have opened too close to homes and schools for some residents’ comfort.
Curaleaf is getting the welcome mat: The local Chamber of Commerce plans a ribbon cutting on Friday for Curaleaf, though the dispensary had a soft opening late last week.
Trey Hughes, the dispensary’s manager, said he hopes to run the place like an old fashioned local pharmacy where the staff welcomes regulars and helps newcomers with their needs.
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