Maryland has introduced significant changes to its cannabis laws, effective from July 1, 2023. These changes impact both the adult-use and medical cannabis sectors, reflecting a growing trend towards the legalization and regulation of cannabis in the United States.
One of the key changes is that adults aged 21 and over can legally purchase and possess cannabis for personal use. This aligns with the legal purchase age for other regulated substances like tobacco and alcohol in Maryland. To purchase cannabis, individuals must present a valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, at the point of sale.
The Maryland Cannabis Administration is tasked with issuing additional licenses for cannabis growers, processors, dispensaries, and incubators. This expansion is expected to enhance the cannabis industry’s infrastructure and accessibility.
For those interested in the medical use of cannabis, there is a specific process to legally obtain medical cannabis. Patients must register and obtain a valid written certification from a provider registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. This process ensures that medical cannabis is used responsibly and effectively for qualifying medical conditions.
Despite the changes, it’s important to note that federal law still prohibits medical cannabis patients from purchasing or possessing firearms, as per the Federal Gun Control Act. This highlights the ongoing complexities surrounding cannabis legalization and its interaction with other areas of law and policy.
For more detailed information and to stay informed about the new laws, consumption guidelines, and other related topics, visit the Maryland Cannabis Administration FAQ, Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization, Laws & Regulations, and other resources provided by the Maryland Cannabis Administration.