January 29, 2019 09:23 pm ETEstimated Read Time: 3 Minutes
Now six years following the legalization of cannabis in Maryland, the “Old Line State” finally completed its first full year of sales. Over 300 Marylanders apply to be a medical cannabis patient on a daily basis, according to the program lead, Joy Strand.
“Every Monday, we come in to 1,000 new applications,” said Strand, who is the executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC). “People have really started to take notice of the cannabis program in Maryland,” she added.
Albeit a turbulent rollercoaster of affairs in the run-up to Maryland’s cannabis industry launch in late 2017, the industry is picking up some serious speed. According to Statista, the market will yield $494 million by 2025.
Maryland’s Blossoming Cannabis Industry
Maryland is leading by example with the rapid progression and evolution of its cannabis industry. Last December, the Medical Cannabis Commission (MCC) employed 17 people. Now, Strand says that the commission has 37 employees with plans to hire more.
Job roles that are blossoming in Maryland’s medical cannabis industry include:
Quality assurance specialists
Policy analysts to deal with cannabis legislation issues
New business compliance investigators
Food safety specialist
Patient Demand for Medical Cannabis in Maryland is Rising
An increasing acceptance of medical cannabis is a positive repercussion of legalization, which is strengthening the U.S. economy as a whole. In Maryland, cannabis sales generated $96.3 million among cannabis retailers, collectively.
That figure constituted over 10,800 pounds of flower and 729,309 cannabis-infused products, all of which were sold statewide. It is a figure that has ballooned from the $35 million in collective sales accrued during the first six months of cannabis retailing in Maryland. This suggests that the market has attracted more than double the sales pace since the state’s early days of legal weed.
Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Veriheal has satisfied hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide
Get approved or your money back
Appointments available on-demand
Customer support available 24/7
More Progress Expected for Maryland’s Cannabis Industry in 2019
The head of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), Joy Strand, has expressed her pride in the progress of Maryland’s cannabis industry since she assumed the role of executive director in late 2018.
“Our businesses are maturing and ramping up production levels, we’re offering a lot of options for our patients,” Strand explained. “I think we’re off to a great start, but there is a lot more to do. I look forward to more progress and more improvements in the new year.”
Everything related to Maryland’s cannabis industry is overseen by the MMCC. The commission acts as the regulatory body that provides oversight for the state’s medical cannabis businesses.
Here’s an overview of what’s expected to come for Maryland’s cannabis industry in the coming year:
31 new dispensaries
20 additional cultivators and processors
Advanced/progressive legislation and regulation
Research and planning into the integration of an edibles program.
Every opportunity that arises in the legal cannabis industry, Maryland absorbs like a sponge. Based on the most up-to-date data released by the MMCC, the state currently has 14 cultivators, 14 processors and five testing labs.
Anthony is the Marketing Director of Veriheal with a keen sense for sustainable branding techniques and creative marketing solutions meant for the cannabis space. He is inspired by art and human culture and occasionally gives us a sneak peek into what is happening behind the scenes at Veriheal.
Suddenly, the world of magic mushrooms is almost as complicated as that of learning about cannabis. Shrooms or “magic” mushrooms have gained traction as a hallucinogenic therapeutic application for several different mental health circumstances such as depression and migraines—particularly when microdosing. It’s not just liberty caps anymore, folks. There are many different varieties and types…
Edibles are arguably one of the best means of recreational cannabis consumption—you get to eat a treat AND experience a long-lasting high. But it’s easy to end up dealing with some unwanted side effects due to the variability in the onset of these THC-packed goodies, which come in the form of brownies, cookies, gummies, chocolate,…
If you’re reading this, you are either a recreational cannabis veteran who has seen a handful of cannabis smokers passing out from puffing a joint and can’t seem to figure out why. Or, you are a newbie who wants to give recreational or medical cannabis a shot, and the burning question on your mind is,…
According to a new study published by the University of New Mexico (UNM) in the prestigious journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, researchers have unveiled a significant correlation between the sensation of “feeling high” and the relief of medical symptoms among cannabis patients. This landmark study probes uncharted territories, challenging pre-existing assumptions and opening new avenues for…
A survey illustrates psychedelics’ rapid rise, Herer Brands sues Daniel Herer, and Hulkamania comes to cannabis. Let’s dive into this week’s canna-news. Psychedelic Use Reaches Record High A new national survey conducted by Monitoring The Future found that psychedelic use is at an all-time high amongst U.S. adults. Conducted in 2022, the survey included approximately…
The statements made regarding cannabis products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cannabis is not an FDA-approved substance and is still illegal under federal law. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. We strongly recommend that you consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider before using any cannabis products. The use of any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk.