Medical marijuana sales in Maryland tops $96M as market booms in first year of operation

Maryland’s medical marijuana industry ended its first year of operation this week with $96.3 million in sales driven by nearly 52,000 patients who have purchased about 730,000 individual products such as vape pens.

Between 250 and 350 patients have been applying each day with the state to be able to purchase cannabis products sold from the dozens of licensed stores across Maryland, many of whose owners cannot resist a pun, such as Starbuds in Baltimore, Hi Tide in Ocean City and Grow West in Cumberland.

“This is significant business for the first 12 months, considering it’s a ramp-up period and there is more at