The line was orderly. The patrons were courteous and polite.
White males over the age of 40 were the dominant demographic of the 11 folks in line waiting for Green Point Wellness to open Thursday morning. Some arrived wearing jeans. Others looked like they were headed to a boardroom meeting.
The line formed about 10:50 outside the Linthicum medical marijuana dispensary. The doors opened at 11.
The group of nine white and two black patrons didn’t resemble the hardened criminals some medical marijuana opponents predicted would be drawn to legal dispensaries. Passers-by can’t easily distinguish the facility’s business. Its neighbors include an Italian restaurant, a hotel and an automotive repair shop.
Heck, one sweet senior brought doughnuts for Green Point Wellness employees. She said she uses medicinal marijuana to ease pain associated with a serious leg injury. She said the dispensary’s staff guides her to the products that address her pain.
This is the reality of the medical marijuana industry. Maryland was late to the game — approving it in 2013 — but its regulations ensure we avoid the Wild West climate Colorado and California have experienced. Green Point Wellness owner Tony Toskov said he’s visited Colorado dozens of times and doesn’t want Maryland to have a dispensary-on-every-corner mentality.
But we shouldn’t lose sight of the medical aspect of this industry.
Green Point’s operation — which opened Feb. 12 — exemplifies the benefits of medical marijuana. While skeptics predicted the industry would be a gateway to drug dealing and fretted over an onslaught of crime, none of the Chicken Little scenarios materialized. Green Point is Anne Arundel County’s lone medical marijuana dispensary.
Instead, we see folks accessing products that help them with their bouts with cancer. Others use them to control seizures or fend off arthritis or