SALISBURY, Md.- The first medical marijuana dispensary on the Eastern Shore of Maryland could open within weeks in Salisbury. Other dispensaries are preparing to open as well, possibly next year. They will all do so with a unique set of challenges.
Peninsula Alternative Health on Snow Hill Road will be the first to open its doors to medicinal marijuana patients. CEO Anthony Darby says making the drug legal has been a long time coming.
“When I know that there is so much good to this medicine that can cause so much good, and help people with chronic pain that may have been offered an opiate, not knowing the full consequence when they could have been offered something as safe as medical marijuana, it just inspires us to fight the fight,” Darby says.
Darby is realistic that changing people’s perceptions could take time.
“It’s taking cannabis away from the counter-cultural activity, and making it mainstream,” he said.
Legal or not, Darby’s product is still a drug, which some might associate with crime. None of the dispensaries preparing to open are near crowded residential areas, but there are other businesses nearby. In nearby Worcester County, Maryland, there are two dispensaries awaiting final approval from the state. One would be located on Highway 50 between Berlin and Ocean City. The other is in West Ocean City just off Stephan Decatur Highway near the Teal Marsh Center. One local business owner there says she has no crime concerns. [Read more at WBOC]