Maryland Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization
Effective July 1, 2023, individuals aged 21 and over are permitted to legally purchase and possess cannabis in Maryland. At the point-of-sale, a valid government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) is mandatory. The Maryland Cannabis Administration is responsible for overseeing this process and has been authorized to issue additional grower, processor, dispensary, and new incubator licenses.
As consumers, it’s crucial to stay informed and responsible regarding cannabis use. The Maryland Cannabis Administration provides guidance through various resources, including videos, fact sheets, and additional materials available in dispensaries. To learn more about the new law, consumption tips, and dosage guidance, please visit the Maryland Cannabis Administration website.
According to the new state cannabis law, adults can possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower, 12 grams of concentrated cannabis, or a total amount of cannabis products with a maximum of 750 mg THC. Additionally, existing medical dispensaries have the option to convert and sell both adult-use and medical cannabis, after paying a conversion fee. An outreach program for the next round of licensing, focused exclusively on social equity applicants, will begin on May 3.
Cannabis Laws & Regulations
The Maryland state cannabis laws are detailed in Chapters 26 of 2022 and 254/255 of 2023. Specific sections of the law, such as 36–1101, cover the sale, transfer, or delivery of cannabis, while section 36–1102 outlines prohibitions on sale and distribution. Legal protections are highlighted in section 36–1201. For a comprehensive understanding of Maryland’s cannabis laws and regulations, please visit the laws & regulations page on the Maryland Cannabis Administration’s website.
Edible Cannabis Products
Regulations regarding edible cannabis products are also in effect. Products that were on the market prior to April 19, 2021, must comply with the new regulations within 90 days, by July 18, 2021. These products are required to adhere to specific packaging and labeling requirements as per COMAR 10.62.37.13 and .14. For more information on edible cannabis products and compliance, please refer to the Edible Cannabis Products bulletin.
Important Considerations for Medical Cannabis Patients
It is important to note that federal law prohibits medical cannabis patients from purchasing or possessing firearms. The Federal Gun Control Act specifically addresses this issue, making it unlawful for anyone who uses or is addicted to controlled substances to engage in activities involving firearms or ammunition.
Public Consumption of Cannabis
Public consumption of cannabis remains a civil offense, with penalties including a maximum fine of $50 or five hours of community service. This is a significant reduction from the previous $500 fine for public cannabis consumption. To understand the full scope of Maryland’s stance on public consumption, please visit the cannabis FAQ page.