Cannabis Information by State: Maryland

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Licensing

Like most states, Maryland requires a state license to engage in commercial cannabis activity. Maryland offers three different licenses: grower license, processor license, and dispensary license. At this time, the application period is closed to new entrants.

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Regulations and Compliance

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) requires all licensees to use Metrc’s seed-to-sale tracking system to ensure that medical cannabis and cannabis products are safely tracked and monitored prior to sale.

Licensees who grow, process, or dispense medical cannabis must use Metrc to report a list of the products they offer for distribution during each quarter.

Because remaining compliant includes tracking and reporting everything down to the gram, automation is essential for saving time and cutting costs. Implementing an ERP system designed for the regulations and supply chain of the cannabis industry will help your business survive and thrive.

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Packaging and Labeling

Maryland has packaging instructions for shipping product as well as for finished products

Shipping packaging must include containers with:

  • Tamper-evident opaque material
  • Tamper-evident tape seal

Shipping label must include:

  • The date a time of the sealing of the package
  • The name and signature of the registered agent who prepared the package
  • The name and address of the licensee
  • The shipment ID number
  • A description including the weight of each item
  • The name and address of the recipient

Packaging of finished products requires all items to be individually packaged, with packaging that:

  • Is plain
  • Is opaque
  • Are tamper-evident and child-resistant (if applicable)
  • Includes a label with additional required information, such as lot number, expiration date, safety warning, ingredients, allergens, etc.

Packages may not:

  • Resemble commercially available food or beverage item
  • Include words or design that could indicate it contains anything other than a medicinal cannabis product
  • Any logo that could mislead someone into thinking it was endorsed by a state, country, or municipality
  • Design or feature to make it attractive to children

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Business and Advertising

Businesses must be aware of restrictions on advertising and marketing. At this time, several factors limit the marketing and advertising of cannabis products.

The Marketing and advertising of all cannabis products must:

The marketing and advertising of cannabis products cannot:

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*Disclaimer: Cannabis laws vary by state and are subject to frequent changes. This article is intended to provide general information and is not a substitute for legal counsel or binding business advice. Please consider consulting a Maryland lawyer for more information.

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