The celebration at most of Maryland’s medical marijuana dispensaries didn’t final lengthy.
After a four-year-plus wait, medical hashish gross sales at a handful of the state’s 10 absolutely licensed dispensaries started Friday to sufferers who waited in line for hours.
But dispensary house owners didn’t obtain as a lot product as hoped and have been pressured to restrict clients to smaller portions than they’re legally allowed to purchase.
Store cabinets have been almost empty inside days, leaving store house owners ready on further provide to start out promoting once more. The flower provide went first, however some shops nonetheless had Dixie Elixirs merchandise on the market.
Only one grower, Curio Wellness, is at present offering flower to Maryland’s dispensaries, and there merely isn’t sufficient to go round.
Maryland has awarded 14 cultivation licenses, however Curio is the one one with product prepared in the meanwhile.
Hiccups like Maryland is experiencing aren’t unusual within the marijuana business, as new state markets come on-line annually.
For instance, Hawaii’s rollout this yr appeared very comparable, with a provide scarcity forcing dispensaries to briefly shut not lengthy after starting gross sales.
Despite the setbacks, Maryland’s MMJ enterprise house owners are discovering solace in lastly making transactions and getting product out the door.
“It was a festive day,” stated Andy Grossman, market president for Green Thumb Industries Maryland, which owns the Rise dispensaries in Silver Spring and Bethesda. Rise’s Bethesda location opened for enterprise on Saturday.
“People have waited a long time.”
At the Kannavis dispensary in Frederick, supervisor Jordan Baker stated sufferers have been in a celebratory temper Saturday.
“It was very friendly,” he stated, noting that clients in line have been clapping as others got here out of the shop with their purchases.
More than 200 sufferers bought medical hashish at Kannavis and cleaned the shop out of flower by the top of the enterprise day.
While declining to provide gross sales figures or present the whole quantity of product bought, Baker stated most sufferers purchased the shop’s quarter-ounce restrict for flower. Kannavis bought two strains at $112 and $125 for a quarter-ounce.
Patients have been additionally restricted to 2 infused merchandise. Baker stated the shop additionally bought fairly a number of vaporizers and different equipment.
Bill Askinazi, principal at Potomac Holistics dispensary in Rockville, began gross sales Friday night time and was “almost out of product” by Monday.
About 250 sufferers snatched up the roughly four kilos of flower Potomac had available.
“We went right through it,” Askinazi stated.
He declined to offer gross sales numbers or costs however stated sufferers “weren’t just buying grams. The average sale was healthy.”
Askinazi turned away about 100 sufferers when the flower provide dried up on Saturday, however the dispensary nonetheless had a number of Dixie tablets and elixirs left on Monday.
At the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Cumberland, CEO and proprietor Dr. Sajal Roy stated he didn’t obtain as a lot product as he had hoped.
His retailer opened Friday and bought its 2.75 kilos of flower by Saturday. Roy had requested for about eight kilos.
Roy estimated his dispensary served about 150 sufferers for complete gross sales of about $26,000 for the 2 days. Patients averaged a little over $200 a transaction, he added.
Flower bought for $24 a gram on the Allegany dispensary, the place sufferers have been inspired to restrict their purchases.
Rise Bethesda served a whole lot of sufferers Saturday, based on Grossman.
Patients have been capped at a quarter-ounce of flower, which bought for $110. The retailer additionally provided infused merchandise.
Bumps within the street
Aside from the availability challenge, dispensaries skilled run-of-the-mill, opening-day hindrances.
Kannavis’ Baker stated it was robust launching on a Saturday as a result of buyer help workplaces weren’t open. He was placing out fires – issues with the labeling or receipt printers, as an example – by studying on-line assist articles.
Askinazi cited one glitch. His know-how – MJ Freeway’s point-of-sale system and METRC’s state seed-to-sale traceability program – wasn’t speaking properly.
Allegany’s Roy additionally had comparable pc points – issues together with his POS and label printer – however nothing out of the unusual.
Baker stated Kannavis was “very, very low” on MMJ on Monday, with just a few infused tablets left. He anticipated to run out by the top of the day.
He’s hoping to get new provides in seven to 10 days.
“It could be sooner,” Baker stated. “But from what we’ve learned from the industry so far, nothing’s written in stone.”
Askinazi stated Potomac Holistics hopes to obtain its subsequent cargo of product Tuesday.
Roy’s anticipating to have new product by the top of the week and plans to name sufferers when it is available in.
Grossman stated Rise Bethesda nonetheless has some product obtainable and is hoping it wouldn’t run out. Management is ready on the hashish provide chain to develop into extra strong earlier than opening the Silver Spring location.
Bart Schaneman may be reached at [email protected]