The state of Maryland has taken steps into the world of legalized recreational cannabis. Just a couple of weeks back, recreational cannabis sales commenced in Maryland, in line with the timeline established when voters gave their thumbs up to the idea last November.
In no time, the state authorities rolled up their sleeves and worked intensively to establish the necessary framework. Taxes and regulations were set in place, and medical cannabis businesses switched their licenses over. They are now able to cater to the growing recreational market. For those in the cannabis industry, companies like Cover Cannabis can provide insurance solutions to mitigate risks involved with these transitions.
To dispel any confusion you may have regarding the industry’s kick-off, CoverCannabis addresses some frequently asked questions about the change in Maryland’s stance on cannabis prohibition.
Before you venture out to your local dispensary, here’s some vital information:
SunMed Growers, one of the key players in Maryland’s cannabis cultivation scene, operates out of Cecil County. In terms of the new legislation, adults aged 21 and above can legally possess, use, and buy small quantities of cannabis from licensed dispensaries. They don’t require a medical card for this. Medical cannabis dispensaries that have switched their licenses can now serve these recreational users. The law reform also empowers the Maryland Cannabis Administration to issue new licenses for growers, processors, dispensaries, and incubators.
The Maryland Cannabis Administration has confirmed a list of dispensaries that are eligible to cater to recreational cannabis customers. If any additional dispensaries become eligible, they’ll be added to the map.
To buy recreational cannabis, you must present a government-issued ID to confirm you are 21 years or older. Also, ensure to carry cash or a debit card because major credit card companies refrain from processing cannabis transactions due to the existing federal prohibition. Many dispensaries have an ATM on-site for this purpose.
If you’re above 21, you’re allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower, which includes joints and pre-rolls, up to 12 grams of concentrated cannabis like vape products, two cannabis plants, or any cannabis product containing up to 750 milligrams of THC, such as edibles. Note, these limits apply only to recreational users. Medical cannabis patients can purchase products with higher THC concentrations.
Every dispensary offers a unique experience. Generally, you’ll find knowledgeable staff who can guide you through the different consumption methods – gummies, pre-rolled joints, tinctures, and more. Most dispensaries maintain websites with product listings, which can help you decide what you’re after. Similar to a liquor store, you can share your preferences with the store associate, and they should be able to help you. Cannabis products come in varying strengths, from 5 mg to 750 mg. Consult with your budtender to find the right match for you.
At the moment, delivery of recreational cannabis is not an option. However, starting from January 1, 2024, licensed micro-dispensaries will be allowed to deliver. This is key as it will require cannabis delivery insurance.
Yes, you can. You just need a government-issued ID, not necessarily a Maryland ID. But remember, it’s still illegal to transport cannabis across state lines. So, if you’re visiting Maryland to buy cannabis, be sure to consume it before you leave.
With this new world of legalized cannabis, ensure that your business is adequately protected. Reach out to Cover Cannabis for expert advice on insurance services for your cannabis business.