6 Months On, Maryland Dispensaries Struggle With Limited Supply

6 Months On, Maryland Dispensaries Struggle With Limited Supply

Maryland’s cannabis industry surprised Amy Mellen when she moved here from Oregon in 2016. She had migrated from a state where 87 percent of residents are white to a state where roughly three in 10 residents are black.

But when Maryland state regulators announced their preliminary picks that year for medical marijuana licenses—15 apiece for growers and processors—not a single grower and only one processing company was black-owned. The lack of consideration for diversity as a factor shocked her, she says. Maryland is still struggling to manufacture concentrates, and the state has banned edibles. What’s more: the supply chain is still almost entirely white-owned. “You have so many different nationalities here, and so many different people in this melting pot,” says Mellen, recently hired as a patient counselor at a dispensary in Upper Marlboro, about 20 miles southeast of Washington D.C. “Why would they not consider it?” Maryland’s first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in...



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