Maryland cannabis business compliance guide

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Market Type

In Maryland, cannabis is regulated by the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA). Medical and adult-use cannabis are allowed.

Metrc & Inventory

Maryland uses Metrc as their state traceability system. In Maryland, medical and adult-use cannabis inventory are combined, and tracked in a single β€˜hybrid’ traceability instance per license. Patient allotments are tracked and reported to Metrc for each sale.Β 

Purchase Limits‍

In Maryland, Recreational consumers may purchase up to the legal possession limit, as follows:


1.5 oz of Flower
12g Concentrate (Vape Cartridges)

750mg THC in other cannabis products (edibles, tinctures, etc.)
According to the interpretation of these limits provided by the MCA: An adult use consumer may purchase up to 100% of a single category but may not purchase any other product without going over the limit.Β  They can purchase up to 99% of each category in one purchase and not go over the purchasing limit.

Adult use consumers may purchase Vape cartridges and accessories, but otherwise may not purchase cannabis concentrates, or any THC products that exceed 100mg per package.

Medical Cannabis patients in Maryland may purchase against a rolling 30 day supply, which is tracked in METRC


  • 120 grams of usable marijuana, or
  • 36 grams of concentrate

The medical patient allotments are tracked directly in METRC. Dutchie POS will pull the METRC patient allotment to determine whether a particular sale surpasses the daily or monthly patient purchasing limit.


The State of Maryland does not explicitly define product type equivalencies.



Adult Use cannabis sales are subject to a 9% tax


Medical cannabis is classified as a prescription medication in Maryland making it exempt from the state's Sales and Use Tax. However, consumption devices and ancillary products for the use of medical cannabis not specified for in the patient's medical prescription remains subject to the state's Sales and Use Tax.Β 


Currently, Standard Cannabis licenses may only deliver cannabis to medical patients. Standard Dispensary licenses will be allowed to conduct medical cannabis deliveries until July 1, 2024.

Micro-Dispensary licenses, and Courier licenses will be awarded in 2024 which allow those specific licensees to conduct retail delivery sales for recreational consumers.Β 

State Resources

‍MCA Homepage ->

MCA Rules and Regulations ->

MCA Guidance and Bulletins ->



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