Charmed Hemp, which claims to be Baltimore’s first hemp dispensary, is now open after it held its grand opening last weekend.
The Upper Fells Point business wrote on social media that it officially opened April 20, known as a sort of celebratory holiday among the cannabis community.
The state’s cannabis industry has continued to grow ever since 2017, after the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission authorized several marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries to operate in the state. It came nearly five years after the General Assembly voted to legalize medical cannabis in Maryland.
Hemp and marijuana are both in the cannabis family, though hemp does not have the same psychoactive properties as marijuana. Hemp’s main chemical compound is cannabidiol (CBD), while tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the prevalent active ingredient in marijuana plants.
Maryland launched a hemp cultivation program for research in 2016, and expanded the program last year to allow for the plant’s sale inside and outside the state. On the federal level, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp, removing it from the national list of controlled substances.
According to Charmed Hemp’s website, the business sells a variety of hemp-based products, from concentrates and skin creams to bath bombs and plastics.
Owner Francesco Monico was not immediately available to comment.