ZEINA FRAYHA, FOUNDER HERBAFI, MARYLAND
"Greenbits has really helped us focus on the customer experience as opposed to spending time on compliance issues."
Q: Is Greenbits integrated with Metrc?
A: Unlike any other point-of-sale in the industry, Greenbits is fully integrated with Metrc. Full integration means that you never go into Metrc to receive a manifest, report an adjustment, ring a sale or close a package. We automate all of these activities. If you’re spending time in Metrc, you’re working hard, not smart.
Q: Can Greenbits automatically track patient sales limits?
A: Yes! Our real-time Metrc sync allows us to automatically track patient sales limits — ensuring you’re never overselling to a patient. We have your back when it comes to compliance.
Q: Can Greenbits print compliant package and patient labels?
A: You bet. We automatically print compliant package and patient labels with every sale and ensure those sales are reported to the state.
Q: How do I get support for my store?
A: Distance isn’t a factor once you’re a part of the Greenbits family! Our support team boasts an average response time of 5 minutes or less during normal business hours, 7 days a week. Our amazing support staff also manages live chats and phone calls during the later hours of your business so that in the event of an emergency, you’ll never be left without the support you need to succeed.
Maryland Marijuana Laws: FAQs
Running a retail cannabis business can be taxing if you don’t know what you’re doing. Any small business requires a level of professionalism, but a cannabis business is unique in that the laws of each state, county, and even city differ across the U.S.
Without a consensus, even a seasoned pro in one state will still have to study up on other states, and even once you get the hang of a state’s laws, they can quickly change at any given election. Here’s everything you need to know about operating a compliant cannabis business in Maryland, and the state’s cannabis laws.
Do I need a license to operate?
Who manages cannabis licenses in Maryland?
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issues medical marijuana licenses in Maryland. Recreational licenses aren’t available.
How do I get a license in Maryland?
You’ll need to fill out the application. There are four types of licenses – Dispensaries, Cultivation, Manufacturing/Processing, and Transportation. Only Cultivation and Processing licenses are available at this time.
How much does a license cost?
The application fee for a cannabis grower license in Maryland is $6000. $2000 is due on stage 1, and $4000 is due on stage 2. For dispensaries, the application fee is $5000 ($1000/$4000). Academic medical centers pay a $100 license application fee.
Are there annual licensing fees?
Application fees are one-time costs, but there are also annual and biennial fees due. For growers, there’s a $250,000 biennial licensing fee, a $250,000 biennial grower fee, and another $80,000 biennial fee if they want to dispense.Dispensaries pay an $80,000 biennial licensing fee, and each agent must pay a $200 registration fee. For academic centers, $1000 licensing and renewal fees apply.
What license type do I need to service recreational and medical patients?
Only medical cannabis is allowed, and you’ll need a caregiver or dispensary license to serve medical cannabis patients.
When will licenses be issued?
This varies wildly. Expect to wait weeks to months before finding out if your application has been approved or denied.
Will I be able to get a retail license if I already have a dispensary?
You can’t operate a dispensary without a medical dispensary license.
What local (county level) permissions will I need to operate?
Maryland is one of the easiest states to navigate, as the state’s opinion is that local city and county jurisdictions don’t have the right to prevent medical marijuana usage. Local zoning laws will need to be adhered to, however, so be sure you have the right property before any applications are filed.
Do I need a license to host a cannabis event in Maryland?
There are no specific laws regarding cannabis events in Maryland. Discuss with local government officials and agencies for more information. Cannabis events are regularly held in nearby Washington DC.
Do I need a separate premises license for cannabis events?
The location of your cannabis events determines which license you’ll need to pursue. If you’re attending an event like a High Times Cannabis Cup, you’re actually a vendor at that event.
Holding your own offsite events puts you in a High Times position where you need to file the proper city and county licenses. Work with the venue to ensure this is completed in a timely manner.
If hosting events on site, you’ll need to file local and county permits as required. The same state requirements for security and public display/consumption will apply to events.
Can I get a cannabis event license if I hold a retailer license?
Yes, you can hold more than one license of any type. You can even locate multiple separately licensed businesses (i.e. a cultivation and retail) in the same premises if allowed by local zoning rules.
How can I ensure that I remain compliant?
Reading, understanding, and consistently applying Maryland state cannabis regulations is essential. During the application process, your entire organization will be tested on compliance competency.
Also track everything. Record every interaction. Have every dollar, plant, and product tracked from seed to sale. A solid POS that can automatically interface with the state’s tracking system is only the start of what you’ll need to stay compliant.
What security measures am I required to take?
Required cannabis business security measures will cost at least $100,000. Video surveillance, security lighting, transportation and waste disposal processes, platforms, and procedures need to be in place from day one.
Cloud video data storage will be a significant cost for startup businesses. Plan ahead for this.
Can I package and label cannabis in my retail store?
It’s a funny question, because you’ll be labeling all product that enters and exits your retail store. There are no specific regulations about packaging on premises, but cannabis must be already sealed before transport.
Can I sell alcohol or tobacco at my cannabis retail store?
Yes and no. Overall you can’t sell alcohol or tobacco at cannabis dispensaries or cannabis at smoke shops, liquor shops, etc. Terpenes (basically cannabis essential oils) and hemp products have different rules. It’s possible to create cannabis-flavored products that don’t include THC. Alcoholic THC products are edibles and not allowed in Maryland.
Can I vertically integrate my cannabis businesses?
You can. So long as you meet the requirements, you can house everything in one building. Each license can be obtained and stacked on each other.
Can I sample or give product away in store?
Public cannabis consumption is only allowed in licensed retail businesses. It’s been legal to give cannabis away long before it was legal to sell in retail stores. You can give away up to one ounce of product if you’re feeling generous.
What are the operating hours for a retail shop?
Your store can be open anytime between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week.
Can I have public-facing displays on my storefront?
There are no advertising laws for cannabis in Maryland.
How old does someone need to be to buy cannabis?