ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 3, 2023) – The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (CANMD) Executive Director Joy Strand released the following statement today on the introduction of House Bill 556 and Senate Bill 516 to implement Adult Use in the State of Maryland.

“The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (CANMD) is committed to working with interested stakeholders and the Maryland General Assembly to implement the Adult Use cannabis program in the State of Maryland during the 2023 legislative session. 

“We want to thank Presiding Officers, bill sponsors, and members of the legislative workgroups for their tireless and coordinated efforts to introduce the Cannabis Reform Act for consideration by the Maryland General Assembly.

“CANMD supports the urgent work ahead to build additional social equity and diversity in expanding a well-regulated Maryland cannabis industry.

The bill, as drafted, works to expand social equity, allows for Adult Use sales by July 1, 2023, to counter the illicit market and includes essential testing requirements for all products in the Adult Use market to protect public health and public safety. 

CANMD looks forward to engaging on these critical issues with the Maryland General Assembly, the Governor and Maryland regulators in the weeks and months ahead.”