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Recreational cannabis sales start Saturday in Maryland

Posted at 8:31 AM, Jun 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-30 11:07:21-04

BALTIMORE, MD — Marijuana is legal in Maryland starting Saturday, July 1st, as the state law governing pot goes into effect.

Marylanders won't need a medical license to get into dispensaries but will have some limitations without one.

Cannabis can only contain 10 mg of THC per serving if sold to someone without a license.

Dispensaries will also make sure medical patients are seen before recreational customers.

Everyone in the industry is expecting a surge in customers July 1 but some think it will last while others foresee a plateau.

"We began our prep for adult use, long before today. There are certain regulations and details that we were waiting for that gave us final specifics for the process but we had enough information to get going and we needed to properly serve the dispensaries," said Wendy Bronfein with Curio Wellness.

While state law limits cops from pulling people over on the smell of marijuana, cannabis can still lead to DUIs.

The recommendation for people is to wait 6-8 hours after they stop smoking before getting behind the wheel.

Smoking weed in public is also still illegal it's treated similarly to open containers of alcohol.