Do I need a Cannabis Retail License to Open?
Yes, a license is required for medical marijuana dispensaries. Maryland legalized medical marijuana in 2014, when Governor Martin O’Malley signed into effect H.B. 881. While there has been proposed legislation for adult-use legalization, these bills have yet to be passed.
What is the Maryland Regulatory Agency?
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is responsible for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries.
How can I apply for a license in Maryland?
Maryland recently launched their OneStop Portal which will provide licensing and registration forms for caregivers, provider registrations and certifications, and business licenses. The portal is designed to create a more user-friendly experience for applying for a license.
How much does a dispensary license cost?
When applying for a dispensary license in Maryland, the application fee is $1000 at stage 1 and $4000 for stage 2. Once a dispensary obtains a license there is a $40,000 annual license fee.
Will I need to get local authorization to get a license?
You will need to get approval from the city for your dispensary location. If you are renting the storefront you’ll need approval from the landlord as well. The location can’t be within 500 feet of any church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship. This also applies to any school or postsecondary school, other than commercially operated schools.
What are the customer age requirements for Maryland?
Medical marijuana patients 18+ can apply for a state medical marijuana card.
What time can I open and close my dispensary?
Maryland gives cities the authority to set opening and closing hours so these times vary from place to place. Most Baltimore dispensaries close before 9pm, but some places allow 9am to midnight, seven days a week.
Who do I report to for state compliance?
All licensed dispensaries in Maryland are required to report their sales to state regulators using the Metrc Track and Trace system. This process can be automated by a point-of-sale system that is fully integrated with Metrc.
Are there daily purchase limits on cannabis?
Medical marijuana patients with a state issued MMJ card can buy a 30-day supply of medical cannabis up to 4 ounces but no more than four ounce of usable cannabis or one ounce of total THC in a rolling 30-day period. Only physicians have the authority to recommend more. Maryland has banned cannabis-infused food and beverages.
How do I keep my dispensary compliant?
Keeping your dispensary compliant starts with implementing a POS system that can automate state reporting. Keeping track of inventory, enforcing purchase limits, and making sure your customers are of legal age is imperative to maintaining compliance.
Can I start a delivery service in Maryland?
Yes. During the pandemic the MMCC issued bulletins allowing on-site delivery and delivery to patients.