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Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open in Germantown

Bloom Medicinals is planning to open the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Germantown area later this fall.

On December 9, 2016, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced the names of 102 pre-approved dispensaries. Among those pre-approved was MaryLeaf LLC, which will be doing business as Bloom Medicinals and is planning to open a dispensary in the Middlebrook Square shopping center at the corner of Middlebrook Road and Frederick Road in the October or November of 2017.

MaryLeaf LLC was one of 16 medical cannabis companies which have been approved to operate in Montgomery County. State regulations require that no more than two dispensaries can be located in each of the state's 47 legislative districts. MaryLeaf LCC was approved to operate in the 39th District, also approved to operate in the 39th district was a company called MI Dispensary. Only one company was approved to operate a dispensary in District 15, Germantown’s other legislative district. That company is Cannabus LLC. There is no word on locations for either MI Dispensary or Cannabus LCC.

The Maryland Cannabis Commission has issued 15 pre-approvals to companies to grow medical cannabis, 15 pre-approvals to companies to process medical cannabis, and 102 pre-approvals to companies to dispense medical cannabis. No actual final licenses to grow, process or dispense medical cannabis have been issued.

While the location will sell marijuana, it is not going to be a pot shop where anyone can go in and purchase weed. According to a December 12, 2016, Baltimore BizJournal article, “Costs associated with opening a dispensary in Maryland include a $4,000 stage-two application fee, an $80,000 licensing fee — which must be renewed every other year — and an estimated $500,000 for initial build-out and start-up costs for businesses.”

According to Matt Schneider, Director of Marketing for Bloom Medicinals, the dispensary is more like a pharmacy. “All patients and future patients must go through the state-ordered process to obtain cannabis from our location.”

To qualify as a legal purchaser of medical marijuana in Maryland, you must have a valid US issued photo ID and a written certification from a licensed, certified marijuana physician. Not all physicians are licensed to dispense medical marijuana.