Dispensary News

ELKTON — One of the two medical marijuana dispensaries located in the county is already open and the second expects to do so in the coming weeks as medical marijuana begins its slow rollout throughout the state.

PharmKent LLC, located at 330 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton, has been awarded a preliminary license and is already taking applications from people whose conditions would warrant use of the drug, said Peter Murphy, managing member of the dispensary.

Murphy said sales of the approved cannabis products could begin by the end of December or by early January.

The second dispensary — Nature’s Care and Wellness at 4925 Pulaski Highway in Perryville — expects to be issued its license soon, said Linda Condon, director. Once the license is acquired, the dispensary plans to open on Jan. 15 but the office will take calls beginning Jan. 2 to help people register with the state, she said, noting a certificate is required to receive medical marijuana.

More than four years after the state legalized medical marijuana, the first dispensaries opened in Maryland earlier this month,

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Several property owners contend that a letter sent by Raj Dhanda, owner of the Crimson Galeria, to Cambridge officials falsely touted their support for Dhanda’s attempt to prevent the opening of a local medical marijuana dispensary.

In the letter to Cambridge mayor E. Denise Simmons, Dhanda wrote that he “communicated with several major property owners in Harvard Square and “they are all opposed to the proposed Marijuana Dispensary at 98 Winthrop Street.” The letter mentions Harvard Square property owners Gerald L. Chan, Peter Palandjian ’87, Eric D. Schlager, and Richard L. Friedman.

But Palandjian, Friedman, and Schlager have all recently said that they in fact did not oppose the opening of Healthy Pharms, the marijuana dispensary, and did not wish to be included in Dhanda’s letter.

“He did communicate with me. I told him clearly I was NOT willing to join him in opposing it,” wrote Palandjian, who owns multiple properties in the Square including buildings housing Qdoba and Tatte.

Friedman, the president and CEO of Carpenter & Company, Inc—which developed businesses like the Charles Hotel—wrote

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Maryland’s medical marijuana dispensaries finally opened this week after years of delay, but many are running out of the drug as limited supply is struggling to keep up with high demand.

Five of seven licensed dispensaries that started selling the drug in recent days say they’ve either completely or almost run out of flower – the raw part of the marijuana plant that is smoked or vaporized. The other two are limiting sales to a small group of preregistered patients.

Kannavis in Frederick County sold out of flower on its opening day Saturday, but still has pre-filled cartridges that can be attached to vaporizing pens. Like other dispensaries, Kannavis is banking on additional marijuana shipments before this weekend, and is keeping its patients updated on its Facebook page, website and email list.

“It’s all in a flux. We don’t have confirmation of anything at this point and that’s just the nature of the rollout of this industry,” said owner Jane Klink. “I wish we had something carved out in stone.”

Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary, one of the first two shops

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Five applicants have filed paperwork in a quest to be awarded a medical-marijuana-dispensary license in northwest Columbus, according to Anthony J. Celebrezze III, assistant director of the Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services.

Celebrezze said at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Northwest Civic Association that four of those applications are for the same site.

HR Plaza LLC, owner of the Hayden Run Plaza where Bethel Road becomes Hayden Road, has agreed to hold a portion of the parking lot open for a potential dispensary from four applicants, none of whom are guaranteed getting one of the potentially five licenses allotted for Franklin County, Celebrezze told the board of trustees.

The other potential dispensary site in the neighborhood is at the intersection of Kenny and Old Henderson roads, according to Celebrezze.

“We could have none, but the maximum is two?” asked Marilyn Goodman, chairwoman of the NWCA’s graphics and zoning committee.

Celebrezze confirmed Goodman’s assumption.

“Basically what you’re saying is one of these dispensaries couldn’t go into a strip mall?” asked John Fortkamp, an NWCA

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, second from right, talks Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, about his efforts to have medical marijuana reclassified from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III drug during the grand opening of Surterra Wellness in Pensacola.(Photo: Jody Link/[email protected])

Two years ago, Felicia Duncan’s young daughter, Emma, was having almost 70 seizures a week.

The 8-year-old’s epilepsy was so severe, her family was afraid to let her walk on her own for fear she would collapse and injure herself. Duncan said her family tried 17 different seizure medicines — some of which brought harmful, unexpected side effects like kidney damage — but none of them helped.

Yet after just three months of treatment with medical cannabis, Emma is seizure-free and living a more fulfilling and independent life, according to her mother.

“She can ride a bike,” Duncan said. “She can swim in a pool. She can play with her sisters. Things that I never thought would happen.”

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