Time to answer some more of your questions. You can submit your questions directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer your question whether it is included in the blog or not, so go ahead and send us your questions.
Why does the MMCC system go down so much?
– Sylvia- Baltimore
Thanks for the question Sylvia! Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to obtain your medicine due to the MMCC’s system being down. Believe me, nothing frustrates the dispensaries more than this issue. While there has been no official reason given as to why the system crashes so much, many people believe the system is overloaded due to a higher number of patients then anticipated.
The MMCC has issued a temporary work around for times when the system fails. If the system fails, the MMCC can authorize dispensaries to dispense a limited amount of product to patients to ensure they can get their medicine. Many patients and industry workers have complained about the system’s reliability to both the MMCC and the maker of the software. Both have promised upgrades to the system to improve its reliability, but no time table has been set.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Cannabis?
Will health insurers cover the cost of medical cannabis or the doctor visit?
– Rafael- Towson
Great question Rafael, thanks for asking! When the state laws were written provisions were put in to allow and even encourage insurance companies to cover medical cannabis. Direct from our old friend the MMCC website: “Health insurers are not required to cover the cost of medical cannabis. Private health insurers are free under Maryland law to develop policies that will cover medical cannabis.”
My take is the state encourages private insurance companies to develop policies to cover medical cannabis, but, they don’t force them to cover it. First, understand the language of a “private health insurer” and what that means. Cannabis is still against Federal law so that rules out any government funded healthcare covering it. The state is saying that private companies are free to cover it at their own peril. I do not know of any insurance company that covers medical cannabis in the state of Maryland. The fear of breaking Federal law keeps the insurance companies from offering coverage.
Sure, there are other factors in play, such as the profit made on pharmaceuticals, but this is the answer I receive from most of the insurance companies I’ve spoken with.
What are some of your favorite growers and strains in Maryland?
– Chuck – Dundalk
Believe it or not, I get asked this all the time. Thanks for asking Chuck. Maryland is blessed to have some of the finest medicine available in the country. With so many growers, strains and forms available to Maryland patients it’s easy to find the right medicine for you.
We are lucky to have several world class growers in Maryland. I have had fantastic flower from Verano Brands, G-Leaf, HMS Health, Liberty, Grassroots, Culta, Shore Naturals, Temescal Wellness, Heritage, SunMed Growers, Harvest, and Curio Wellness.
Personal favorites I can mention a few that really worked for me I break down to Indica’s and Sativa’s. As far as Indica’s go, I really enjoyed Curio’s Northern Lights. G-Leaf’s Blue Cheese is a must try. Other Indica’s I enjoyed were Verano’s Mag Landrace, and Liberty’s Virgin OG.
On the Sativa side I really liked G-Leaf’s Sweet Island Skunk as well as their Acapulco Gold. I also enjoyed Liberty’s Super Lemon Haze, and Jack Herer. Culta’s Cookies and Dream I found to be fantastic as well. I have found several great Hybrids along my journey. Verano’s Bruce Banner #3, G6, and Gelato are all top-grade cultivars. I also really enjoyed Lemon Grenades, Sinderella, and Willie’s Tour Bus from Grassroots. Heritage’s Sunshine Daydream was another of my personal favorites. I received great results with Curio’s Goji OG, which has now become a favorite of mine.
Obviously, there is no shortage of strains or quality flower in Maryland.
I could name many more strains that I really enjoyed including Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, Matriarch, Lemon Skunk, Blackberry, Durban Poison, and Honey Banana just to name a few. Now that I think of it, I could easily fill up several blog posts with good strain information available in Maryland.
Are there other products available besides cannabis flower? What about edibles?
– Justin- Baltimore
Thank you for your question Justin. There is a plethora of cannabis products available in Maryland. In addition to raw flower, you will find concentrates, oils, tinctures, pills, elixirs, topical creams, transdermal patches, troches, mints and more.
Although Maryland does not offer cannabis edibles at this time, you can always make your own. Recipes are readily available on the internet as well as some dispensaries. We have a few favorite recipes of our own that our staff uses. Here is our recipe for cannabutter which you then can use in any recipe you’d like instead of butter to make great edibles both sweet and savory.
- 1/4 ounce cannabis buds, finely ground
- 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
Medium Saucepan, Wooden Ladle, Spoon, Metal Strainer, and a Container (with a tight fitting lid)
- Melt the butter on low heat in a medium saucepan.
- Add the ground buds to the melted butter a little bit at a time, stirring in between.
- Simmer on a low heat for 45 mins, stirring frequently.
(While simmering, you should start to see small bubbles forming on the surface.)
- After simmering, strain the Cannabutter into the container using the metal strainer to filter out the ground Flower.
- Press the spoon against the ground bud in the metal strainer to squeeze all the Cannabutter.
- The Cannabutter in the container should have a slightly green tinge from the cannabis.
Now you’re ready to make some cannabis infused treats!