Recreational cannabis officially became legal in Maryland on Saturday, July 1, and by all accounts the rollout was well organized, that is, if you don’t mind waiting in line. Medical marijuana cardholders and newcomers had only to show their IDs before entering the doors of the dozens of weed shops welcoming them across the state.
Nearly 100 existing cannabis companies were approved switch on To become a dual license holder and can now serve both medical patients and adult consumers over the age of 21.
Governor Wes Moore said on Saturday that the legalization of recreational cannabis in Maryland would help communities damaged by marijuana criminalization.
“We are writing a new chapter in the story of cannabis in America,” Moore said on Twitter.
“Maryland, starting today, recreational cannabis is officially legal for adults in our state. We are writing a new chapter in the cannabis story in America. One that will lift up communities damaged by criminalization and build a more competitive and more equitable economy.” will build.”
Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown The legalization of the sale of recreational cannabis was touted as a step forward toward correcting past injustices.
“In legalizing cannabis, we are abandoning a failed criminal justice policy that left too many Marylanders, especially black and brown, over-policing, over-arresting and over-incarceration,” he said.
Cannabis companies are happy too
Matt DarinCurleaf CEO curlThe company, which has been operating in the Maryland market since 2017, said they are proud of the company’s team there.
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