It’s been a long and arduous journey for Maryland medical marijuana dispensary applicant Mary Pat Hoffman, but her efforts are paying off. The career pharmacist is now adding Clinical Director of Peninsula Alternative Health to her resume, as her company was recently awarded a preliminary dispensary license in Maryland’s District 37.
“We knew very little going into the application process, and we don’t know much more now,” Hoffman told Ganjapreneur.
She’s ready for the challenge ahead, but she’s first to criticize the commission for its lack of communication. “It’s supposed to be for medical professionals, and they expect us to be professional – yet their communication is limited,” she said.
Held hostage to their email the day of the announcement, the partners of Peninsula Alternative Health were continuously refreshing their inboxes in hope of good news.
They were expecting a bit of a heads up — as the commission had said that applicants of preliminary licenses would be notified before the results were posted publicly — but, “It literally was an email to us at the end of the day, and not even ten minutes later it was on their website,” Hoffman said. “This whole thing has been very vague.”
It’s been more than three years since the initial measure was approved to legalize medical cannabis in the East Coast state. Since then, the Maryland Cannabis Commission said their process has been riddled with delays; including an unexpectedly large number of applications and a lot of groundwork in uncharted territory. Additionally, the licensing process for medical marijuana cultivators in the state was ripe with its own series of scandals, including lawsuits from several cultivator applicants and accusations from the Black Legislative Caucus that the Commission ignored rules regarding racial diversity in distributing the licenses.
“We don’t know when cultivators