Just days after the first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Maryland, limited supplies and technical difficulties mean little of the product is actually available.
The state has licensed just 10 of an expected 92 dispensaries, and of those only six have opened — none in the Baltimore area, according to information provided by the companies to The Baltimore Sun or listed on their websites.
Three of those six later closed temporarily because of inventory or technical troubles, though two have reopened. One shop that opened is seeing customers by appointment only. The remaining dispensaries plan to open in coming weeks.
The supply and technical issues mean those consumers who wish to use marijuana for their ailments — and who have waited years since the state passed legislation approving a medical marijuana industry — may have to wait a little longer.
The Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Cumberland opened Friday to a long line of people but had no cannabis on hand, said manager Mark Van Tyne. When the supply of marijuana buds finally showed up, it was about 8 p.m., more than 8 hours later than promised and half of what Van Tyne expected.
The staff stayed until 3 a.m. to make sure that all the patients who waited — more than 100 — at least left with something.
“The staff was really great,” Van Tyne said. “Most everyone was really nice about it.”
On top of inventory shortages, Allegany also dealt with computer glitches that prevented workers from labeling products and printing receipts, among other things. That forced the dispensary to shut its doors for Monday, though the dispensary reopened Tuesday.
With any new industry, some issues are