On May 3, Maryland Governor Wes Moore signed legislation to implement the voter-approved legalization measure that passed in the November 2022 election. The General Assembly’s legislation provides guidelines for Maryland’s adult-use cannabis industry, which will be launched on July 1, 2023. The bill includes provisions that address social equity, criminal justice reform, and public health.

According to Cannabis Business Times, the legislation includes provisions for automatic expungement of certain cannabis-related offenses, prioritizing licenses for minority-owned businesses and individuals harmed by the war on drugs, and ensuring that the cannabis industry provides benefits to the communities most affected by prohibition. The bill also establishes a tax structure for adult-use cannabis sales, with the revenue being used for public education and other initiatives.

The implementation of Maryland’s adult-use cannabis market is expected to bring economic benefits to the state, including increased tax revenue and job creation. It is estimated that the market could generate over $200 million in annual tax revenue and create thousands of jobs.

With the legalization of adult-use cannabis, Maryland joins a growing list of states that have legalized cannabis for recreational use, including Colorado, California, and Massachusetts. The legalization of cannabis for recreational use is a significant milestone in the cannabis industry, as it indicates a shift in public opinion towards the acceptance of cannabis as a legitimate and valuable industry.

The implementation of Maryland’s adult-use cannabis market is an exciting development for cannabis enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and investors in the state. It is expected to create new business opportunities, provide relief to those who have been disproportionately impacted by prohibition, and further advance the acceptance and normalization of cannabis use in society.


Major Corporations Investing in Cannabis

As cannabis legalization continues to spread across the country, major corporations are increasingly taking notice and investing in the industry. In April of 2023, a major beverage company announced a $100 million investment in a cannabis-infused drink startup, signaling the growing trend of large corporations entering the cannabis space.

Exploring Cannabis Consumer Archetypes in America: Trends and Insights for 2023

New Frontier Data presents the 2023 archetypes of cannabis consumers in America. The report highlights nine consumer archetypes based on the latest consumer survey data. The first archetype is Savvy Connoisseurs, comprising 13% of consumers. They are heavy cannabis users who consume it multiple times a day for various medical and recreational purposes. They obtain cannabis from both legal sources like dispensaries and informal channels such as friends or illicit dealers. Savvy Connoisseurs are the highest spenders and often purchase cannabis weekly.

South Dakota’s Medical Cannabis Program Surpasses Expectations, Raises Concerns

South Dakota’s foray into medical cannabis has far exceeded its initial projections, with the issuance of medical cannabis cards doubling the expected numbers. Since the program’s launch in 2021, the South Dakota Department of Health has issued approximately 11,500 medical cannabis cards, significantly surpassing the original projection of 6,000 cards to be issued by 2024.

How California’s Delivery Services Are Redefining the Retail Industry

The retail industry has undergone a significant transformation over the past few years, and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been the rise of e-commerce and delivery services. As consumers increasingly turn to online shopping, companies are finding new ways to deliver goods to customers quickly and efficiently. California has been at the forefront of this trend, with delivery services like YesDelivery redefining the retail industry.