Entering the legal cannabis market means having defined expectations of the quality of your medicine. From hunting on the legacy (illicit/black/negative terms) market for good weed to being able to review terpene profiles means that you expect the best for what you’re spending.
Patients over profits continues to be the mantra when facing corporate plant medicine. But what ultimately defines quality and safety for cannabis in Maryland?
We’ll explore that here with the help of our recent patient survey and these key points:
- Strain Consistency & Flower Pricing
- Acting against Vaping Dangers
- Proper Cannabis Packaging
- A Note on Pesticide Use
- Brand Mission Transparency
- Patient Thoughts On What Quality Legal Cannabis Means
Now let’s get into expectations and what the legal market could do better.
Strain Consistency & Flower Pricing
Legal cannabis creates some challenges with pricing and consistency in Maryland’s cannabis market.
The lack of consistent strains creates quality of life issues. Finding desired effects can be a difficult task for some patients. And it’s heart-wrenching to find a profile that finally helps… only for it to be cycled out or its profile has drastically changed.
And pricing can certainly be an issue, especially for patients with severe conditions that require higher doses. Not to mention that THC tolerance does climb, requiring stronger medicine and often times larger amounts. So we understand that this hurts your pockets after a while.
Remember that you’re investing into our market to eventually bring prices down. Though Peake Releaf can’t promise you $40 eighths and $200 ounces at this time, we guarantee that the pricing reflects our commitment to working with the best growers and keeping fresh cannabis for you to buy.
Blocking Vaping Dangers with Testing
The risks of diving into the traditional market are quite clear when it comes to the 2019 Vaping Epidemic. It was an inescapable scare and momentary frustration for the cannabis industry.
Shining light on the public health risks of products on the legacy market, MMCC retested legal cartridges for vitamin E acetate. This decision provided an extra layer of comfort in light of the alarming reports. Especially since Maryland has one of the most robust and comprehensive testing requirements in the United States.
Our legal market isn’t solely about profits. Legalized medical cannabis, especially with recent tech for vapes leading the charge, may cost more but it reflects a commitment to keeping you safe when the legacy market doesn’t check all the boxes.
Proper Cannabis Packaging
Quality cannabis medicine requires effective packaging. Exposure to light, oxygen, skin and other elements can degrade your meds faster. Not to mention that dry buds can seem almost unavoidable with prepackaged meds since they’re not always airtight.
Two patients from our survey highlighted the need for freshness. And we understand the value of maintaining freshness, which is why we offer weigh-to-order style (or restaurant style, as we call it) to make sure you get the best quality.
The flip-side is that pop-top containers can lead to a frustrating experience of spilled flower in your pocket or bag. So make sure your packages are sealed with tape if you shop elsewhere to lower the chances of a spill.
Once you’re home, your cannabis will thrive in sturdier containers that keep out air and light. Ask us about some options on your way in!
A Note on Pesticide Use
Since cannabis is a consumable product, you need to know if or what pesticides were used on your bud. The last thing you want is to inhale or eat harmful contaminants. So it’s important that you’re informed about pesticide use and that the pesticides are approved by the MMCC.
ForwardGro in 2018 may come to mind for many patients. But ultimately, the pesticides they used were prior to MMCC approval. So our market does care about what goes into your body. And growers and vertically-integrated companies are keen on keeping your medicine safe staying compliant thanks to strict enforcement.
This furthers the discussion on why business transparency is crucial.
Brand Mission Transparency
Maryland has a relatively young medical cannabis market, yet it is flooded with outside companies that are purchasing as many licenses as they can. We value transparency for the sake of patient trust.
So we may not stock certain growers/processors products if seems like they don’t prioritize patient needs. This may come at a cost of lower prices, but as patients ourselves, we greatly value medicine from our vendors who reflect that they value you more than crushing their competitors with a focus of cheap > well-bred strains.
Patient Thoughts On What Quality Legal Cannabis Means
Legal cannabis safety is a part of the heart of cannabis programs nationwide. And quality fuels Maryland’s industry: we’ve increased faster than other markets and we have a large array of products.
Ultimately, consumers like you shape what “quality” means. So we reached out to patients for insight on their thoughts on these key questions:
- What is affordable, quality medical cannabis to you?
- What’s your criteria for “quality”?
- Are you finding relief with products you purchase regularly? Why or why not?
- What’s preventing you from achieving your desired results with your purchased products?
- Other than THC%, what matters most in helping you achieve optimal therapeutic results with medical cannabis?
After reading everything, tell us what these questions mean to you, especially if you think different from our participants. Check out the presentation below for a quick look at what needs are being met and how Maryland cannabis could change for the better.
Their input was valuable in pointing out criteria for this blog post. They all addressed frequent concerns and desires for Maryland’s cannabis industry.
We all want the utmost dazzling, perfect medical cannabis industry yesterday. And we can work towards your vision by shaping the great progress we’ve made so far in Maryland’s cannabis market in such a small time frame.
Whether it’s issues with consistency, pricing, vape safety, proper packaging, pesticides or business transparency, make sure you’re being heard in your needs.
What are your standards for quality legal cannabis in Maryland?
And do you feel like there’s anything we missed?
Alaina Dorsey is a freelance cannabis content marketing writer and strategist based in Baltimore, MD. For dispensaries and online cannabis businesses, she writes the chilliest customer-focused content that educates and engages. Quirks available upon request at www.alainadorsey.com.