Maryland politicians signed the Cannabis Reform Act into law in May 2023. This made it legal for adults to use marijuana in the state.
From July 1, 2023, people aged 21 and up will be able to buy cannabis from approved dispensaries legally.
The change from medical to recreational cannabis in Maryland brings about some significant changes to the laws about weed.
There are new laws and updated rules for dispensaries in Maryland. This post breaks them down so you can easily understand them.
Maryland Cannabis Laws At A Glance
- Maryland utilizes Metrc for seed-to-sale tracking and reporting
- The Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA) will now regulate cannabis businesses for legalization
- Adult-use cannabis is assessed a 9% sales and use tax
- Adults in Maryland can possess and purchase up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis
- The updated state legislation establishes three rounds of licensing for the cannabis industry in the state. The first licensing round will take place in the fall of 2023, followed by the second round in 2024
- Advertisements making therapeutic or medical condition claims for cannabis or cannabis products must be supported by reliable scientific evidence
- A dispensary can use an online ordering system for pre-orders, either for pick-up or delivery
- A dispensary cannot be open for business for more than 12 hours a day
Law: (1) A person must obtain a cannabis license issued by the division administration to operate a cannabis business. (2) A cannabis license issued under this subtitle:(i) Authorizes the holder of the license to operate a medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis business;(ii) Is valid for 5 years on initial licensure and 5 years on renewal; and(iii) May be transferred only in accordance with subtitle 5 of this title. (b) (1) The division administration shall:(i) Issue standard licenses, micro licenses, incubator space licenses, and on-site consumption licenses in accordance with this title;(ii) On or before July 1, 2023, convert licenses that were issued to medical cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries, including those businesses preapproved for licensure, to licenses to operate a medical and adult-use cannabis business if: 1. A conversion fee is paid in accordance with § 36–403 of this subtitle; and 2. The business complies with the ownership restrictions under subsection (e) of this section;(iii) Set production, processing, sales, and other limitations and requirements for all license types;(iv) Issue dispensary licenses in a manner that encourages a balanced geographic distribution based on population and market demand within a specific county, as well as cross-jurisdictional market demand; and(v) Consider market demand in the issuance of all license types;(vi) Adopt regulations requiring licensees whose licenses were converted by the division administration under item (ii) of this paragraph to reserve a specified amount of cannabis for social equity licensees. (2) The division administration may:(i) Inspect a cannabis licensee to ensure compliance with this title and the regulations adopted under this title;(ii) Revoke a cannabis license if good faith efforts have not been made by the cannabis licensee to establish a cannabis business within 18 months after the license was awarded;(iii) Impose penalties or rescind the license of a cannabis licensee that does not meet the standards for licensure established under this title or regulations adopted under this title; and(iv) Conditionally award cannabis licenses. (c) (1) A standard license authorizes the holder of the license:(i) For growers, to operate more than 10,000 square feet, but not more than 300,000 square feet, of indoor canopy or its equivalent, as calculated by the division administration;(ii) For processors, to process more than 1,000 pounds of cannabis per year, as calculated by the division administration; and(iii) For dispensaries, to operate a store at a physical location that sells cannabis or cannabis products. (2) A micro license authorizes the holder of the license:(i) For growers, to operate not more than 10,000 square feet of indoor canopy or its equivalent, as calculated by the division administration;(ii) For processors, to process not more than 1,000 pounds of cannabis per year, as calculated by the division administration; and (iii) For dispensaries, to operate a delivery service that sells cannabis or cannabis products without a physical storefront, provided that the licensee employs not more than 10 employees. (3) An incubator space license authorizes the holder of the license to operate a facility within which a micro licensee may operate in accordance with § 36–406 of this subtitle. (4) An on-site consumption license authorizes the holder of the license to operate a facility on the premises of which individuals can smoke outdoors, vape, or consume cannabis in accordance with § 36–407 of this subtitle. (d) The division administration may not issue more than the following number of licenses per type, including licenses converted under subsection (b)(1)(ii) of this section:(1) For standard licenses:(i) 75 grower licenses;(ii) 100 processor licenses; and(iii) 300 dispensary licenses;(2) For micro licenses:(i) 100 grower licenses;(ii) 100 processor licenses; and(iii) 200 dispensary licenses;(3) For incubator space licenses, 10 licenses; and(4) For on-site consumption licenses, 50 licenses. (e) (1) This subsection applies to all licenses, including licenses converted under subsection (b)(1)(ii) of this section. (2) Subject to paragraph (3) of this subsection, a person may have an ownership interest in or control of, including the power to manage and operate, only:(i) For standard licenses and micro licenses:1. One grower licensee;2. One processor licensee; and3. Not more than four dispensary licensees;(ii) For incubator space licenses, not more than two licensees; and(iii) For on-site consumption licenses, not more than two licensees.
The new rules in Maryland for adults who want to use marijuana set up three rounds of licensing for cannabis businesses. First, there will be a round in the fall of 2023. The second round will happen in 2024. The Maryland Cannabis Administration will do a lot of outreach and education about the licensing process and the cannabis business before the first round of applications opens.
There will be a mix of in-person and online events for cannabis licensing and education outreach to give companies and people interested in applying information on how to do so.
The management of the cannabis division can only give out the following number of licenses for each type of cannabis:
For standard licenses:
75 grower licenses
100 processor licenses
300 dispensary licenses
For micro licenses:
100 grower licenses
100 processor licenses
200 10 dispensary licenses
For incubator space licenses:
For on-site consumption licenses:
2. Operating Requirements
Legal reference A dispensary shall either provide (1) exclusive access to the licensed premises to qualified patients and registered caregivers for at least one hour per day or (2) a dedicated service line to serve only qualifying patients and registered caregivers for the duration of the licensed premises’ operating hours. mca encourages dispensaries to offer additional accommodations for patients and caregivers, including providing priority access to the service area, designated parking spaces, additional hours, or additional service lines. product reservations generally dispensaries must ensure an adequate supply of medical cannabis products and reserve high potency products for medical patients. specifically, dispensaries may only sell the following products to qualifying patients and registered caregivers: concentrated cannabis products edible cannabis products, infused non-edible cannabis products, capsules, and tinctures containing more than 10 milligrams (mg) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per serving or 100 mg thc per package adult consumers may purchase: cannabis vaporizing devices (e.g., vapes) home cultivation products usable cannabis products (e.g., flower, pre-rolls) edible cannabis products, infused non-edible cannabis products, capsules, and tinctures containing up to 10 mg THC per serving or 100 mg of THC per package(a) beginning July 1, 2023, a cannabis licensee that is operating a dispensary shall:(1) ensure that it has an adequate supply for qualifying patients and caregivers; and(2) set aside operating hours or dedicated service lines to serve only qualifying patients and caregivers, and (3) ensure that shelf space at least 25% of cannabis and cannabis products in the dispensary is available for cannabis and cannabis products is from social equity licensees and growers and processors that do not share common ownership with the dispensary. dispensaries shall make a good faith effort to reserve 25% of products available for retail sale for products grown, manufactured, extracted, or otherwise produced by licensees that have no common ownership interest or control with the dispensary license holder and by social equity businesses once they are up and running. when possible, businesses are encouraged to prioritize products produced by social equity businesses. (b) except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, a licensed dispensary may not locate within (1) 500 feet of (i) a pre–existing primary or secondary school in the state, or a licensed child care center or registered family child care home under title 9.5 of the education article; or(ii) a playground, recreation center, library, or public park; or(2) 1,000 feet of another dispensary under this title. (c) a political subdivision may adopt an ordinance reducing the distance requirements under subsection (b) of this section. (d) the distance requirements under subsection (b) of this section do not apply to a dispensary license that was:(1) converted under § 36–401(b)(1)(ii) of this subtitle; and(2) properly zoned and operating before July 1, 2023.
Accommodations For Medical Patients:
According to state law, dispensaries must give registered caregivers and approved patients (1) private access to the licensed space for at least one hour a day or (2) a dedicated service line during business hours.
Medical patients are urged to make the following extra accommodations:
- Faster access
- Parking spots that are marked
- Longer hours
- Extra lines for service
- Dispensaries need to make sure they have enough medical cannabis products on hand, and only medical users should be able to use high-potency products.
- Patients who meet the requirements and registered caregivers can buy cannabis goods that contain more than 10 mg of THC per serving or 100 mg per package.
- Adults can buy vaporizers, items for growing cannabis at home, cannabis products that can be used, and edibles that have up to 10 mg of THC per serving or 100 mg per package.
- Adult-use dispensaries must also try to keep at least 25% of their shelf space for cannabis and cannabis products from social equity licenses and growers or processors not owned by the dispensary.
Licensed dispensaries can’t be found in:
- 500 feet of pre-existing schools
- Child care centers
- Recreation centers
- Public parks
- 1,000 feet of another dispensary under the same title
Rules for keeping a Maryland pharmacy safe. Maryland law spells out the security requirements for a registered dispensary to keep medical cannabis safe while it is being stored and distributed and to keep people from getting in without permission. These thorough steps include things like alarm systems, video security, zone division, and controlling who can enter and leave a building.
Building the premises and making a safe room
The building where the licensed dispensary is located must be built in a way that successfully keeps people from getting in without permission.
The medical cannabis inventory must be kept safely in a secure room inside the store.
The safe room should meet the following requirements:
- It has to be built out of concrete or another solid material for keep people from getting in without permission.
- It is not allowed to be placed next to an outside wall.
- There should only be one door to the safe room, and it should meet business security standards.
- To ensure high security, the front door must have a cypher or chip-activated coded lock.
- The front door should be kept from the building’s public places.
The medical cannabis inventory must only be kept in the secure room during work hours and a specific window of time before and after.
Lighting And Surveillance
All of the approved space’s lighting should be carefully planned and put in place to make surveillance easier.
There needs to be a complete security alarm system that covers all entrances, windows, and openings around the outside of the building.
The security warning system has the following features:
- Continuous tracking makes sure that any security breaches are known right away.
- The ability to detect smoke, fire, and power outages.
- Place panic alarms in easy-to-reach places inside the building so they can be used immediately.
A separate, independent alarm system is necessary to safeguard:
- On-site place to store records.
- off-site place to store records.
- Any secure room containing medical cannabis.
The security devices have to keep going as long as there is medical cannabis on the property.
All security alarm systems should have backup power to keep them running for at least 48 hours.
1. The dispensary must maintain a motion-activated video surveillance recording system at all times.
2. The video surveillance system should meet the following criteria:
- High-quality and high-resolution imaging, capable of clearly capturing facial details.
- Continuous operation, 24/7, throughout the entire year.
- Accurate date and time stamp for each recorded frame.
3. Notice of the video surveillance must be posted visibly for visitors.
4. Surveillance cameras should cover key areas, including exits, entrances to medical cannabis packaging, storage, and dispensing areas.
5. Recordings from the video surveillance should be:
- Protected by an independent security alarm system.
- Easily accessible for investigative purposes.
- Retained for a minimum of 90 calendar days.
Any security video surveillance recordings must be promptly provided to the Commission or law enforcement agency upon request, within 48 hours.
Zone Division And Access Control
1. The licensed dispensary must be divided into distinct zones: public and operations.
2. Public Zone:
- A waiting area open to the general public.
- A service area for consulting with qualifying patients and caregivers and dispensing medical cannabis.
- Restricted access to the service area, exclusively for qualifying patients and caregivers.
- Display of business hours at the entrance to the public zone.
3. Operations Zone:
- Activities other than patient consultation and dispensing should take place in the operations zone.
- The operations zone must be segmented for medical cannabis storage, preparation and packaging, agent breaks, and changing areas.
- Movement to and from the operations zone should be documented using tamper-evident logbooks or electronic identification logs.
4. Clear signage should demarcate the different zones.
5. Access points between zones should be securely controlled.
6. Security alarm systems and video surveillance should monitor the separation between zones.
7. Except for displayed, processed, or dispensed inventory during business hours, all medical cannabis must be stored within a secure room.
8. Only registered dispensary agents are authorized to handle inventory within display cases or other dispensary areas until dispensed.
Legal reference: (a) in this subtitle, “advertisement” means the publication, dissemination, or circulation of any auditory, visual, digital, oral, or written matter which is directly or indirectly calculated to induce the sale of cannabis or any cannabis–related product or service. (b) “advertisement” does not include packaging or labeling. (a) an advertisement for cannabis and cannabis products or cannabis-related services that makes therapeutic or medical claims shall: (1) be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence; And (2) include information on the most significant serious and most common side effects or risks associated with the use of marijuana. (a) (1) this subsection does not apply to an advertisement placed on property owned or leased by a dispensary, grower, or Processor. (2) an advertisement for a cannabis licensee, cannabis product, or cannabis-related service may not: (1) make a statement that is false or misleading in a material way or is otherwise a violation of Title 13, subtitle 3 of the commercial law article; (i) violate Title 13, subtitle 3 of the commercial law article; (ii) directly or indirectly target individuals under the age of 21 years; (iii) contain a design, an illustration, a picture, or a representation that: (i) 1. targets or is attractive to minors, including a cartoon character, a mascot, or any other depiction that is commonly used to market products to minors; (ii) 2. displays the use of cannabis, including the consumption, smoking, or vaping of cannabis; (iii) 3. encourages or promotes cannabis for use as an intoxicant; or (i) 4. is obscene; (3) (iv) engage in advertising by means of television, radio, internet, mobile application, social media, or other electronic communication, or print publication, unless at least 85% of the audience is reasonably expected to be at least 21 years old as determined by reliable and current audience composition data; or
The term “Advertisement” refers to any form of communication intended to promote the sale of cannabis or cannabis-related products or services, including auditory, visual, digital, oral, or written matter.
Note: Requirements for medical claims in advertisements, packaging, and labeling are not considered advertisements.
Cannabis advertisements making therapeutic or medical claims for cannabis or cannabis products must be supported by reliable scientific evidence. They should also include information about the side effects or risks associated with cannabis use.
Advertisements for cannabis licensees, cannabis products, or cannabis-related services must not:
- Make false or misleading statements
- Violate specific commercial Maryland law articles
- Directly or indirectly target individuals under the age of 21
- Contain designs, illustrations, pictures, or representations that target or are attractive to minors, display cannabis use, encourage or promote cannabis for intoxication, or are obscene
- Engage in advertising on television, radio, internet, mobile applications, social media, or other electronic communication, or print publication
- Place advertisements on the side of buildings or other publicly visible locations, including signs, posters, placards, devices, graphic displays, outdoor billboards, or freestanding signboards
Requirements for cannabis-related websites
Cannabis-related websites must employ a neutral age-screening mechanism to verify that users are at least 21 years old before accessing or viewing any content or before collecting personal information for advertising purposes.
- Websites appropriate for qualifying patients under the age of 21 must provide an alternative screening mechanism for those patients.
- Advertisements on social media or mobile applications must include a notification that individuals must be at least 21 years old to view the content
- Cannabis licensees are prohibited from allowing the use of their trademarks, brands, names, locations, or other distinguishing characteristics for third-party advertisements that are not compliant
5. Prohibited Acts
Legal reference: (A) A cannabis licensee may not sell, transfer, or deliver cannabis or cannabis products unless the licensee verifies by means of a valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification containing the bearer’s date of birth that:
(1) For adult-use cannabis, the consumer is at least 21 years old; or (2) For medical cannabis, the patient or caregiver is: (I) Registered with the Division Administration, and (II) At least 18 years old. (B) (I) A licensee that sells, transfers, or delivers cannabis or cannabis products in violation of subsection (A) of this section is subject to a civil penalty of (1) $500 for a first violation;
(2) $1,000 for a second violation occurring within 24 months after the first violation; and (3) $5,000 for each subsequent violation occurring within 24 months after the immediately preceding violation. (II) A violation of subsection (A) of this section that occurs more than 24 months after the immediately preceding violation shall be treated as a first violation. The Division Administration may deny a cannabis license to an applicant, reprimand a cannabis licensee, or suspend or revoke a cannabis license if the applicant or licensee violates subsection (A) of this section two or more times in a 24-month period. In a hearing for an alleged violation of this section, it is a defense that an agent of the defendant examined the consumer’s, patient’s, or caregiver’s driver’s license or other valid identification issued by a governmental unit that positively identified the consumer, patient, or caregiver as meeting the minimum age specified in subsection (A) of this section. (C) A cannabis licensee may not: (I) Sell, transfer, or deliver cannabis to an individual who is visibly intoxicated; or (II) Offer cannabis or cannabis products as a prize, premium, or consideration for a lottery, contest, game of chance, game of skill, or competition of any kind; or (III) Conduct direct-to-consumer internet sales of adult-use cannabis on or before July 1, 2025. A cannabis licensee that violates paragraph (1) of this subsection is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, suspension or revocation of a license, or both.
Dispensaries must verify the age of consumers before selling, transferring, or delivering cannabis or cannabis products.
For adult-use cannabis, consumers must be at least 21 years old and provide valid identification. For medical cannabis, the patient or caregiver must be registered with the division administration and be at least 18 years old.
Penalties for violation
A licensee selling, transferring, or delivering cannabis in violation of the age verification requirements is subject to civil penalties:
- $500 for the first violation
- $1,000 for the second violation within 24 months
- $5,000 for each subsequent violation within 24 months
Dispensaries are prohibited from:
- Selling, transferring, or delivering cannabis to visibly intoxicated individuals
- Offering cannabis or cannabis products as prizes, premiums, or consideration for lotteries, contests, games of chance, games of skill, or competitions
- Conducting direct-to-consumer (D2C) internet sales of adult-use cannabis before July 1, 2025
Violation of these restrictions can result in a fine of up to $1,000, suspension or revocation of a license, or both.
Legal reference: A dispensary may use an online ordering system to conduct pre-orders for pick-up or delivery. At this time, adult consumers, qualifying patients, and caregivers are eligible to pre-order for pickup; only qualifying patients and caregivers are eligible for delivery. ○ If a dispensary uses an online ordering system, it must (1) verify the consumer is at least 21 years old or that the individual is a qualifying patient or registered caregiver and (2) collect both signature and contact information. Only then may the online ordering system collect payment. A licensed dispensary may not sell or distribute cannabis through an unlicensed third party, intermediary business, broker, or any other business or entity. A dispensary must restrict access to only qualifying patients, caregivers, and individuals over the age of 21. A dispensary may not be open for business for more than 12 hours a day, before 8 am, or after 10 pm. A dispensary may be required to conspicuously display valid proof of licensure, consumer education safety information provided by the MCA, and minimum purchase age and identification requirements.
Dispensary online ordering
- A dispensary can use an online ordering system for pre-orders, either for pick-up or delivery
- Pre-orders for pick-up are available to adult consumers, qualifying patients and caregivers
- Delivery is only available to qualifying patients and caregivers
Requirements for online ordering system
- Dispensaries must verify that a consumer is at least 21 years old or a qualifying patient or registered caregiver
- Both signature and contact information must be collected before accepting payment for the order
A licensed dispensary cannot sell or distribute:
- Cannabis through unlicensed third parties
- Intermediary businesses
- Any other unauthorized entities
Access and operating restrictions
- A dispensary must limit access to qualifying patients, caregivers, and individuals over the age of 21
- A dispensary cannot be open for business for more than 12 hours a day
- A dispensary cannot open before 8 a.m. or operate after 10 p.m.
- A dispensary may be required to prominently display valid proof of licensure
- Dispensaries must display consumer education safety information provided by the relevant authority
- Minimum purchase age and identification requirements should be clearly displayed
7. Purchase Limits And Allowable Products
Legal reference: A dispensary may not knowingly dispense more than the personal use amount of cannabis in a single day. According to Criminal Law Article, §5-101, this means (1) an amount of usable cannabis that does not exceed 1.5 ounces (oz); (2) an amount of concentrated cannabis that does not exceed 12 grams (g); or (3) a number of cannabis products containing delta-9-THC that does not exceed 750 mg. As a reminder, concentrated cannabis products are only authorized for medical sales. For adult-use sales, cannabis vaporizing devices are weighed as concentrated cannabis, regardless of the production method, and are restricted by the 12-gram limit for a single transaction. Additionally, tinctures and capsules are counted as edible cannabis products and are restricted by the 750 mg edible cannabis product limit for a single transaction. Therefore, the amounts that adults can purchase outside of the medical market are aligned as follows with the current criminal law of marijuana possession limits: 1. An amount of usable cannabis that does not exceed 1.5 ounces (oz). a. The new regulations create a category for usable cannabis products. This includes i. Pre-rolls; ii. Jarred, sealed, or otherwise stored, and prepackaged amounts of the flower. b. The combined weight of the flower sold as a usable cannabis product to an individual may not exceed 1.5 ounces or 42.5 grams. 2. An amount of concentrated cannabis that does not exceed 12 grams (g). a. For the purposes of adult-use sales, only cannabis vaporizing devices or fluid are considered in this category, e.g. a 1-gram vape cartridge is considered 1 gram of concentrated cannabis for these sales restrictions. b. An individual may not purchase more than 12 grams of vapes, vape cartridges, etc. regardless of the production process of the product. c. An individual may not purchase any other concentrated product. 3. a number of cannabis products containing delta-9-THC that do not exceed 750 mg. a. Any other cannabis product providing it contain less than 10 mg per serving and 100 mg per package. This includes i. Edibles; ii. Capsules; iii. Tinctures; iv. Topicals/lotions (e.g. “infused non-edibles”). b. Products under this category may not be combined to contain more than 750 mg of THC in a single transaction for adult-use consumers. c. Any products with greater than 10 mg of THC per serving or 100 mg of THC per package may not be sold to adult-use consumers. These are combined limits. For the purposes of dispensing cannabis, an individual purchasing the MAXIMUM amount of any one product type MAY NOT purchase any additional product type(s). See examples below for violations of the sales limits: Sample Transaction Clause for Violation 1.6 ounces of flower product. The total amount of usable cannabis sold exceeds the 1.5-ounce restriction under the Personal Use Amount. 1.5 ounces of flower product and a 1-gram vape cartridge. The total amount sold includes the maximum of the usable cannabis category and additional products. Eight 1-gram disposable vapes and nine 0.5-gram vape cartridges. The total grams of vape products sold exceeds the 12-gram restriction in the Personal Use Amount by 0.5 grams (12.5 grams of vapes being sold in total). Sample Transaction Clause for Violation Seven packages of 100 mg THC edible products, a 50 mg THC tincture, and 3.5 grams of flower. The total amount sold includes products containing exactly 750 mg of THC and an additional amount of usable cannabis. Six packages of 75 mg THC edible products, and three 100 mg THC lotions, and a container of ten-5 mg THC capsules. The total amount of products containing THC sold is 800 mg, which exceeds the personal use amount of 750 mg. Additionally, dispensary agents are required under regulations to deny sales to any consumer whose purchase patterns may reasonably be used for resale or product diversion. The MCA may query METRC for purchases that either: (a) violate the sales restrictions set forth in regulations; or (b) approach a number of cannabis products that could reasonably be interpreted for resale or diversion. A dispensary may sell up to two clones or seedlings to any adult who is at least 21 years old and up to four clones or seedlings to any qualifying patient who is at least 21 years old or a registered caregiver. A dispensary may sell up to 6 seeds to any adult-use consumer, qualifying patient, or registered caregiver. A dispensary agent should decline to dispense cannabis to a consumer if they appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, attempting to purchase cannabis products for resale, or obtaining a number of cannabis products greater than the personal use amounts. As of July 1, 2023, an adult over the age of 21 can legally possess up to the following amounts: up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis or up to 12 grams of concentrated cannabis or cannabis products containing up to 750 milligrams of delta-9-TCH or up to 2 cannabis plants adults can grow 2 cannabis plants. The plants must be out of public view and secured so that they are not accessible to unauthorized individuals or individuals under the age of 21. Home cultivation products are now authorized for retail sale by dispensaries to consumers, patients, and caregivers. Home cultivation products include clones, seeds, seedlings, stalks, roots, and stems of the cannabis plant. A licensed dispensary may only obtain home cultivation products from a licensed grower. A new product authorized under these regulations for adult consumers is liquid edible products (e.g., beverages). For the purposes of producing a liquid edible product, one single container is a single serving of a product, and it may not contain more than 10 mg of THC. Liquid edibles must also comply with the requirements of other edible products in terms of production, packaging, and labeling. This includes limiting the manufacture of these products to facilities with a valid edibles permit.
Adults over the age of 21 can possess up to 1.5 ounces of flower, 12 grams of vape cartridges, or cannabis products containing up to 750 milligrams of Delta-9-THC. Limits across categories are combined, meaning adult consumers may buy a combination of all, but cannot max out a category and buy more.
Adults can also grow up to 2 cannabis plants, which must be kept out of public view and secured to prevent access by unauthorized individuals or those under 21 years old.
Sales limits and violations
Dispensaries must not knowingly dispense more than the personal use amount of cannabis to an individual in a single day. Examples of violations include:
- Selling more than 1.5 ounces of flower
- Combining the maximum amount of usable cannabis with additional products
- Exceeding the limits on vape products, edible products, tinctures, lotions, or capsules containing THC
Dispensary agents must deny sales to consumers whose purchase patterns suggest the resale or diversion of cannabis products.
Sales of clones, seedlings, and seeds
Dispensaries can sell up to two clones or seedlings to adults over 21 years old, and up to four clones or seedlings to qualifying patients or registered caregivers. Up to six seeds can be sold to adult-use consumers, qualifying patients, or registered caregivers.
Home cultivation products and requirements
Home cultivation products, including clones, seeds, seedlings, stalks, roots, and stems, can be sold by dispensaries to consumers, patients, and caregivers—dispensaries can only obtain home cultivation products from licensed growers.
Liquid edible products (beverages)
Liquid edible products, such as beverages, are authorized for adult consumers. Each container of liquid edible product is considered a single serving and must not contain more than 10 mg of THC. Production, packaging, and labeling of liquid edibles must comply with requirements for other edible products.
Maryland Cannabis Laws FAQS
Q. Is recreational marijuana legal in Maryland?
Yes, people will be able to buy cannabis at a dispensary for fun starting July 1, 2023.
Q. Is weed legal in Baltimore?
Yes, people aged 21 and up can legally buy and use weed in Maryland, including in Baltimore.
Q. Is it legal to grow marijuana in Maryland?
In Maryland, adults can grow up to two marijuana plants. People shouldn’t be able to see these plants.