The plan was to have dispensaries ready by the end of next year. That probably won't happen now (also last week, Hannah Byron, the executive director of the Maryland medical marijuana commission stepped down). That a potentially burgeoning business, one that could really revolutionize the American economy and also help sick people, has been delayed is, as we noted in our City Paper Power Rankings a few weeks ago, "not only unacceptable, but insulting." Look at it this way: The state is delaying the arrival of medicine to people whose lives could be significantly better if they had access to this medicine. Why not just put more resources into it right now? Because it's pot and it's stigmatized. Because if this were not marijuana—a plant made illegal in the first place about one hundred years ago, mostly as a way for the state to enforce racist, anti-immigrant sentiments—but some other form of medicine, I just don't think the state would be slacking so hard about getting its shit together.