For years, many Maryland residents anxiously awaited the sale of medical marijuana, but continued delays proved a setback. On Friday, the doors were finally opened to the much-anticipated medical marijuana dispensary, called Potomac Holistics.
Residents flocked from across the state to purchase products at the Rockville store, reports The Washington Post . Among the first group of customers who made a purchase was Denise Broyhill, who told The Associated Press that she hoped the marijuana tablets would help relieve the pain of a neurological condition, which she did not specify.
"I am very excited to try and relieved to be able to go through the whole process after waiting so long," Broyhill told the AP. "It's been a long time, but I'm looking for good pain control"
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The third in line was David Johnson, 38, " I look forward to not feeling pain or stress, "Johnson said. "I know you can not smoke in the parking lot, but I will not spend much time here."
Any patient in the state who seeks to purchase medical marijuana as a treatment option must have the approval of their doctor and be diagnosed with one of the following conditions: cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, chronic or severe pain, nausea severe seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission .
"In Maryland, there are very liberal qualifying conditions," William Askinazi, one of the owners of Potomac Holistics, told The Associated Press.
"Medical provider" is vaguely defined and allows not only doctors to confirm the eligibility of a patient, but also nurse practitioners, dentists, podiatrists and nurse midwives.
Although the state medical marijuana bill was pbaded in 2013 the first plants were not grown to date. l Fall of 2017. One of the reasons for the long delay was due to a change in the law. The 2013 law was only open to academic medical centers, but none showed interest.
Therefore, the law was changed the following year to allow licensed doctors to offer marijuana as a treatment option for certain conditions. As of September 2, nineteen companies enrolled in the medical marijuana program, The Washington Post reports.
"This program was launched now," said Patrick Jameson, executive director of the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission. The Pos t on September 2. "We have producers, processors and a dispensary, and we have a laboratory, the market will determine how this progresses."