Apr. 1—Dr. Paloma Lehfeldt dreams of a world where the stigma around medical cannabis is gone, cannabis crimes are expunged and patients are swiftly able to get the care they need.
It might be a long shot, but she’s confident the opening of Green Goods — a new dispensary in the Hillcrest Shopping Center in Frederick — is a step in the right direction.
Green Goods is the retail brand of Vireo, a cannabis grower and wholesaler with more than 100,000 square feet of greenhouse space in Maryland. Lehfeldt, Vireo’s director of medical education, said Green Goods is part of Vireo’s mission to make retail spaces more accessible to the public, featuring curbside pickup, high-quality brands and bright interiors.
The opening comes at a time when the state is wrestling with issues surrounding both medicinal and recreational marijuana, equity and criminal justice in the state legislature.
Lehfeldt says Green Goods’ message is focused on inclusivity and advocacy for reform of cannabis law at the state and federal levels. Cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it can’t be covered by insurance, is criminalized in most states and even requires licensed retailers to operate as cash-only businesses.
Green Goods works with local organizations to hold