The 1st of July, 2023, is a momentous day in Maryland’s history. The state’s legal recreational marijuana market opened for business on the first of the month.
The plant and its preparations (from edibles to pre-rolls, topicals to tinctures) are no longer illegal. Hybrid dispensaries are stores that sell both medical and recreational marijuana and are currently legal in at least one state. We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions regarding recreational cannabis in Maryland to help you feel prepared for your first visit to a dispensary now that you have this new choice.
Does Maryland permit adult-use cannabis?
Yes! On July 1, 2023, the state of Maryland legalized the selling of marijuana for adults.
Voters in Maryland approved recreational marijuana use on November 8, 2022. Since then, lawmakers in Maryland have tried to settle on a plan for legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The Cannabis Reform Act was signed into law by Governor Wes Moore on May 3, 2023. The Maryland Cannabis Administration defined emergency rules and regulations to implement the Act on May 25, 2023, and recreational marijuana sales began on July 1, 2023, as planned.
In Maryland, when can I legally purchase marijuana for myself?
The sale of marijuana for recreational use will be legal in Maryland beginning of July 1, 2023, at hybrid dispensaries licensed by the state.
Does Maryland Have a Recreational Marijuana Tax?
It’s true. In Maryland, recreational marijuana is subject to a 9% sales tax. Patients who use cannabis for medical purposes are exempt from taxes.
Where Does Maryland Get Its Authority to Oversee the Cannabis Industry?
The Cannabis Reform Act, which created the Maryland Cannabis Administration, was signed into law on May 3, 2023. The MCA was established to regulate the use of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes.
Can I have how much marijuana for adults?
Fines or even jail time may be imposed for possessing more than the designated amount:
Legal amounts of marijuana are: • 1.5 ounces of flower; • 12 grams of vapes/topicals/tinctures; • 750 mg of THC in foods; • 750 mg of THC in total.
Between 1.5 and 2.5 ounces might result in a $250 civil penalties.