6 Months On, Maryland Patients Struggle With Limited Selection and SupplyMaryland’s cannabis industry surprised Amy Mellen when she moved here from Oregon in 2016. As of mid-June 2018, 49 licensed dispensaries were up and running, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) chairman Brian Lopez tells Leafly. But Maryland’s industry is still struggling to provide adequate and affordable options for concentrates, and has barred dispensaries from selling edibles. And what’s more: the supply chain is still almost entirely white-owned. ‘Actively Seek Diversity’ The 2014 law that created the state’s cannabis legal framework directed the MMCC to “actively seek to achieve racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity” among licensees. Lopez expects 90 percent of the state’s 102 approved dispensaries will be licensed by the end of the year.
6 Months On, Maryland Patients Struggle With Limited Selection and Supply
Maryland’s cannabis industry surprised Amy Mellen when she moved here from Oregon in 2016. She had migrated from a state where 87 percent of residents are white to a state where roughly three in 10 residents are black.
But when Maryland state regulators announced their preliminary picks that year for medical marijuana licenses—15 apiece for growers and processors—not a single grower and only one processing company was black-owned. The lack of consideration for diversity as a factor shocked her, she says.Maryland is still struggling to manufacture concentrates, and the state has banned edibles. What’s more: the supply chain is still almost entirely white-owned.
“You have so many different nationalities here, and so many different people in this melting pot,” says Mellen, recently hired as a patient counselor at a dispensary in Upper Marlboro, about 20 miles southeast of Washington...
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