From restaurants to retail, the COVID-19 pandemic has, for better or worse, turned nearly every business on its head. The state’s medical cannabis industry is no exception.
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) declared medical cannabis dispensaries essential businesses under an executive order, allowing them to remain in operation throughout the course of the pandemic.
“We thought that made it even more important that we implemented all precautions necessary to protect patients who are vulnerable, primarily in vulnerable populations,” William Tilburg, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission told lawmakers at a joint meeting of the House Appropriations and Health Operations subcommittees Thursday.
Because many patients are immuno-compromised, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission instituted a series of measures to minimize unnecessary in-person interactions, such as allowing written certifications to be performed via telehealth.