Maryland Sees Long Lines on the First Day of Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales

On July 3, 2023, Maryland made history by becoming the latest state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. The first day of legal sales saw long lines outside of dispensaries across the state, with many customers eager to make their first purchase.

According to WBAL TV, lines were out the door at some dispensaries, such as Culta off Key Highway in downtown Baltimore. Customers waited for hours to make their first purchase of legal recreational marijuana.

A Long-Awaited Move Toward Legalization

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland has been a long time coming. The state first decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2014, and medical marijuana has been legal since 2013.

According to The Washington Post, the Cannabis Reform Act took effect on July 1, 2023, legalizing the sale and possession of recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 and older.

What to Expect When Buying Recreational Marijuana in Maryland

For those planning on making their first purchase of recreational marijuana in Maryland, there are a few things to keep in mind. According to Yahoo News, customers can purchase up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana at a time and must present a valid government-issued ID to prove they are 21 or older.

It’s important to note that while recreational marijuana is legal in Maryland, it is still illegal on a federal level. Customers cannot transport marijuana across state lines or consume it in public places.

The Economic Impact of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Legalizing recreational marijuana in Maryland could have a significant economic impact on the state. According to The Baltimore Sun, the state is expected to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue from the Sale.

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