Good morning. Happy Saturday.As of today, the use of recreational cannabis products by adults 21 and older is legal in Maryland.
In this special weekend edition of The Scan, we’ve compiled our best reporting on cannabis and the budding industry surrounding it.
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Where you can buy recreational cannabis in Maryland
Maryland will initially rely on nearly 100 existing medical cannabis dispensaries that have paid a fee in order to sell to recreational cannabis customers as well.
Eventually the state will license more outlets, including to people the state has called “social equity” applicants — those who either lived or went to school in areas disproportionately affected by the criminalization of cannabis.You can use this interactive map to find the dispensary that’s closest to where you live. (And yes, we are using green trees as the locator pins on the map. 😉)
And if you have no idea where to start: Your definitive guide to buying recreational cannabis in Maryland
Is ‘marijuana’ a loaded term?
Nearly 100 years ago, Baltimoreans woke up to see an illustration of the devil in The Baltimore Sun, and an article warning of the dangers of “the Strange Mexican Weed,” called, at the time, “the dread marihuana.”
When Maryland lawmakers legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the state, they opted to use the word “cannabis” in legislation. Why has the way we talk about cannabis — both the plant and the drug — changed? Is “marijuana” a racist term, or should it be embraced?
MORE CANNABIS COVERAGE
- Prefer pictures? An essential, illustrated guide to recreational cannabis in Maryland
- Just the facts: 5 things to know about recreational cannabis and the law in Maryland
- These will be important conversations: How to talk to your teen about cannabis legalization in Maryland
- Cannabis Q&A: One physician’s advice for newcomers
- ‘A gateway to reparations on a broader scale’: Cannabis law reforms must help repair decades of harm to Black communities
- Pertinent question: Can cops smoke pot? Revamped legal landscape raises new questions for officers, recruits
- But you still can’t drive high: As of July 1, police won’t be able to stop people for smell of cannabis
- Taxes, diversity and more: How others’ mistakes could help Maryland get cannabis legalization right
- Fascinating poll results: Legalization won’t change habits of most Marylanders, but 1 in 6 are cannabis curious