Medical cannabis could be available in Cumberland in July

Medical cannabis could be available in Cumberland in July

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CUMBERLAND — The owner of a medical cannabis dispensary on Cumberland’s West Side said medicine could be available to patients by July. Dr. Sajal Roy, co-owner of the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary, 100 Beall St., said Friday progress continues on the dispensary, which is expected to open in June. “We are doing well,” Roy said. “Right now, it looks like we may be the first dispensary ready to go in Maryland.” The rollout of the medical cannabis industry is being overseen by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Roy and his partner, local businessman George Merling, were notified Dec. 9 that they were granted a stage one dispensary license. Roy said the effort has progressed nicely since being granted a license. Following a background check and financial verifications, Roy said he began securing zoning requirements and permits for improvements, as well as beginning work on interior upgrades. “The build-out will be complete the first week in May,” he said. “Then we can call the commission to do the final inspection.” The dispensary is the site of the former Merling Wholesale Co. and Biederlack of America. Prior to those businesses, the 20,000-square-foot building was the home of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 271 for many years. Roy said some job positions have been filed while others will be posted on the dispensary’s website (www.alcommd.com) in the coming days. Susan Shern, of Cumberland, has been hired as the dispensary’s clinical manager, Roy said. She is a University of Maryland graduate and a licensed pharmacist. “We will need four bud tenders, one receptionist and three security people,” Roy said. “For people not selected, we will offer some per diem work. So like the second person [runner-up], they could cover for vacations and things like that and that way if we have […]

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