Medical cannabis has grown into a $600-million-a-year industry in Maryland since the first pre-rolled joint was sold legally in 2017, but Black Baltimoreans are largely left out. Baltimore, which is 62% Black, has 10 dispensaries. Some are locally owned. Others are owned by multistate corporations. None have majority Black ownership. And only one dispensary is located in a Black neighborhood. Now, Maryland is poised to legalize adult-use cannabis, meaning more dispensaries, more jobs and more money.
Black Baltimore has largely been left out of Maryland’s marijuana industry. Here’s how some are pushing to fix that.
April 4, 2022