Maryland’s budding new business industry

A new industry is months away from its introduction in Maryland. While state residents wait for its introduction, logistical and legal issues involved in selling products are being sorted out.

Medicinal marijuana is on the verge of becoming a “budding” business.

Dr. Jahan Marcu is the chief science officer of Americans for Safe Access. He has conducted training nationwide for marijuana companies. The first Maryland-based dispensaries are currently learning the ropes when it comes to cannabis business operations.

Dr. Marcu is not the only one who trains on this growing business industry. However, following the results of his non-profit’s study, he finds that education provided by some of his peers is lacking at best.

Americans for Safe Access recently released findings of medical marijuana dispensaries in other states. They revealed that training does not contain the necessary scientific or medical information. Specifically, 80 percent of staff nationwide are not educated on that important component of their business.

Dr. Marcu believes in a more global approach to his training, focusing both on the product itself and business operations unique to the industry.

Equally as important for him is educating dispensaries on medical marijuana’s inherent “legal limbo.” Maryland and other states have legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana. However, federal law enforcement still considers sales of cannabis in any form a crime.

The legal “tug-of-war” seems to be subsiding. Early into the Trump presidency, the administration has indicated that it would continue defunding enforcement per a federal directive. However, medical marijuana businesses will have to follow specific rules.

In spite of that assurance, everyone involved in the industry knows that government policies change on a dime. In a moment’s notice, federal enforcement could ramp up again and target dispensaries.

Business owners must be trained to prepare for the unexpected. Specifically, a raid by federal authorities that could end both their freedoms and businesses.

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