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US (MD): Cannabis commission holds what is likely its last meeting

A commission that has guided the state through its first wobbly steps into legalized access to marijuana had what is likely its final meeting.

Members of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission said their goodbyes Wednesday. The panel, which has changed over the last five years, goes away as the state enters a new era of access to cannabis for recreational purposes.

“I think this has been an incredible journey,” said Dr. C. Obi Onyewu, chair of the commission. “And I think in the state of Maryland, the medical commission has gotten it right in terms of how we’ve done business over the last several years in bringing this to the public and to patients.”

“The priority…even going forward, is always about safety first, and access to the products. And we want to keep that going in this sort of new landscape that we’re going to approach coming to summer,” he said. Maryland is the latest state to enter the era of legalized cannabis, with the first recreational sales expected on July 1.

Voters last year approved an amendment to the state constitution legalizing recreational cannabis for adults over the age of 21.


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