Suffering from a chronic disorder or constant pain is never a good thing. Luckily, several medical studies show that using marijuana to treat certain medical conditions may help. Legal in the state since 2017, medical marijuana can offer some therapeutic relief from a variety of chronic and painful medical conditions.
While recreational marijuana is still illegal here in Maryland, medical marijuana is available to those who meet Maryland’s qualifying conditions for use. First, you need to fill out the appropriate paperwork, receive written validation from a medical professional who is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and finally find a licensed dispensary located in Maryland.
So far, Maryland has issued licenses to 102 companies, with many other companies currently going through their approval phases. After meeting the proper conditions, finding an ideal dispensary for medicinal marijuana in Maryland can still present a challenge. Good customer service, budget-friendly, health-focused and a strict adherence to state laws are all hallmarks of a great dispensary. It should be noted that these are available only to registered Maryland medical marijuana patients and product can not be taken out of state. Here are five of the best licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to use once you’ve been authorized to purchase medical marijuana in Maryland:
Health for Life – Baltimore, MD
Baltimore’s Health for Life dispensary offers a wide variety of medicinal marijuana products at competitive prices and a patient loyalty program all while adhering to strict health and safety guidelines. Operating since 2018, they’ve been at the forefront of providing medicinal marijuana to certified patients since the beginning of medical marijuana initiatives in the state. They were even voted Maryland’s “Best Overall Dispensary” that year due to their selection, friendliness and knowledge. Health for Life has two additional locations in Bethesda and White Marsh.
Nature’s Medicines Crofton – Crofton, MD
Nature’s Medicines Crofton is a highly rated and fully licensed dispensary with a deli-style sales counter, accessibility and amenities for their patients. The dispensary serves every city in Maryland with its products. They employ a team of scientists specifically to study cannabis and produce a safe, healthy product to dispense to qualified patients via their company. Their grows are also sustainable with a low environmental impact, ultimately putting them firmly in the health and wellness oriented category of medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
Starbuds – Baltimore, MD
Starbuds has plenty of successful locations in Colorado, but they’re one of the top medical marijuana dispensaries inBaltimore as well. Not only are they open seven days a week, they have daily specials for budget-minded patients and a wide selection of products (including CBD, topicals, edibles and vapes) intended to treat a variety of medical conditions. What really makes this dispensary stand out is its dedication to cancer relief with their discount program for cancer patients undergoing treatment.
Remedy – Columbia, MD
A locally owned dispensary, Remedy is dedicated to holistic health and wellness centered on patients. With a combined knowledge and over 40 years experience in wellness, their team is perfectly suited to address any patients medicinal marijuana needs with a particular focus on helping patients find products to ease chronic pain, anxiety, depression, hypertension, or nausea from chemotherapy. They offer appointments and collaborate with the best lab tested cannabis cultivators in the state to carry a diverse array of therapies for patients.
Greenwave Medical Dispensary – Solomons, MD
Greenwave Medical Dispensary has a lot going for it. They have a strong focus on patient care and put more effort into educating patients than many other dispensaries. Rigorous lab-testing is carried out for all of their product and they carry a full line of CBD supplements. They’re environmentally friendly and safe too. The biggest undertaking on their part is educating patients about marijuana’s therapeutic qualities, how cannabis works as a medicine and the methods of taking it as a medicine.
Medical marijuana Maryland is still coming into its own, but with health-conscious dispensaries following the state guidelines for the legal growing and selling of marijuana generating tax revenue and helping patients in need, the possibilities for expansion are endless. While this is not an exhaustive list of dispensaries in Maryland, it can give current and future certified patients a great idea where to begin following their diagnosis or first medical marijuana recommendation.