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Maryland dispensaries run out of medical cannabis in opening week

Sara Tiradossi

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Soon after opening this week, Maryland’s medical cannabis dispensaries ran out of product, as limited supply is struggling to keep up with high demand.

Dispensary owners did not receive as much product as they hoped and had to limit customers to smaller quantities than they were legally allowed to buy. Their shops were nearly empty within days, and shop owners had to wait for additional supplies to begin sales again.

Curio Wellness is the only grower that is currently providing flower to Maryland’s dispensaries, the only one out of 14 cultivators that were awarded a license but were not ready to provide product at the time.

Similarly, Hawaii experienced a supply shortage this year, where dispensaries were forced to close temporarily after the beginning of sales.

Maryland’s dispensary owners were still content they were able to sell products in their shops.

“It was a festive day,” Andy Grossman, market president for Green Thumb Industries Maryland, which owns the Rise dispensaries in Silver Spring and Bethesda, said. “People have waited a long time.”

At the Kannavis dispensary in Frederick, manager Jordan Baker said more than 200 patients purchased medical cannabis and cleaned the store out of flower by the end of Friday. Most customers, he said, bought the store’s quarter-ounce limit for flower. Kannavis sold two strains at $112 and $125 for a quarter-ounce.

At Potomac Holistics dispensary in Rockville, principal Bill Askinazi said he was almost out of sales by Monday. He added patients “weren’t just buying grams. The average sale was healthy.”

When the shop was out of flower supply, Askinazi had to turn away 100 patietns, but the dispensary still had a few Dixie tablets and elixirs left on Monday.

Owner of the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Cumberland. Sagal Roy. said he had asked for about 8 pounds of product, but he received much less than he hoped. His store sold about 2.75 pounds of flower by Saturday.

Roy estimated around 150 patients walked in his dispensary for total sales of about $26,000 for the two days.

For Baker, additional bumps in the road involved computer issues and not being able to receive help on a Saturday because customer support offices were not open. Roy experienced similar technical difficulties as well, with his POS and label printer.

Despite the supply shortage, Baker said he hopes to get new product in seven to 10 days.

“It could be sooner,” Baker said. “But from what we’ve learned from the industry so far, nothing’s written in stone.”

At Potomac Holistic, Askinazi said he is hoping to receive its next shipment of product by Tuesday, whereas Roy expects to fill up his shop with new product by the end of the week.

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