Here are the Top 10 Dispensaries in Maryland

As the medical cannabis program rolls out in Maryland — more than four years after the state's General Assembly passed a law to legalize it — residents are obtaining medical cards and seeking treatment faster than anyone predicted. New Frontier Data predicts that sales will likely hit $100 million by the year’s end. All this movement means more dispensaries and more choices for patients. So before you walk into the next available retail location, look at the top dispensaries to determine what will suit your needs the best.

Starbuds

The first Maryland location for this company boasts over 400 good reviews on Weedmaps, and seems to be a welcome addition to Baltimore County. Reviews highlight the knowledgeable budtenders, and with a deli-style way of making flower available, patients get to view the product and learn before buying. Starbuds offers daily specials and a rewards program, along with an extensive line of products. They also have a program for current cancer patients that allows for the purchase of hash oil for $1 a gram, on a monthly basis if approved.

RISE

Under the GTI umbrella, RISE has three locations with a fourth on the way in Maryland. A top provider of medicinal cannabis in Harford County, RISE is quickly building a reputation for providing excellent customer service. In addition to having a rewards program, their website has extensive educational resources detailing the benefits of medical cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, facts about THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes, and how to pick out the right product.

Mary and Main

In a competitive emerging industry like this one, dispensary co-owner, Hope Wiseman, stands out for being the first and youngest black dispensary owner in Maryland. Her dispensary provides educational events for patients and community members like Cannabis & Pharmacology and Cannabis & Yoga. Although still new, patrons say this is a safe space for patients and a welcoming environment for the curious.

Culta

With an extensive collection of products, Culta offers craft cannabis extracts, concentrates and flower in their store. In reviews, patients have noted the high quality of Culta's products and the attractiveness of presentation.

Your Farmacy

With delivery services and daily specials, Your Farmacy is gaining in popularity. In addition to offering Veteran and senior discounts, and a loyalty program, they offer 15 percent off for Pediatric and SSDI patients.

PharmKent

As many of the staff are medical cannabis patients, their passion for treatment shows. Community events like Learning to Cook with Cannabis allow for patients to connect and learn about the plant, a top priority in the goal to familiarize patients with cannabis.

Maggie’s

Settled in charming Hampden, this dispensary offers student discounts, as well as daily specials. Positive reviews bring attention to the professionalism among staff, and to the great bulk deals offered. Maggie’s offers a free parking lot (which is a big deal in Hampden), and an easy-to-use online ordering system. For those who prefer, delivery options are available through resonatemd.com.

Bloom Medicinals

This family-owned and operated dispensary was the first to open in Germantown and is led by a team of healthcare practitioners. Their website updates the availability of menu items in real time, so patients know what is being offered before their visit. Extensive patient resources are available on their site, along with an educational event for anyone who benefits from medical cannabis.

Nature’s Care & Wellness

This Perryville dispensary offers delivery for patients and has extensive educational content on their website. With a Facebook page featuring over a hundred 5-star reviews, this dispensary clearly values patient loyalty. NCW also provides patients with delivery options, special member-only discounts and event invites, and the ability to schedule an appointment online.

Remedy

Located in the heart of charming Columbia, this dispensary offers express check-in for patients, with forms online for faster processing. The founder has a long history with holistic medicine, as well as cannabis, having opened the first acupuncture and alternative medicine school in Columbia.

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