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Rise Dispensary in Joppa opens to patients Friday

Rise Dispensary in Joppa opens to patients Friday

Edgewood resident Chris Smith was impressed with the operations in RISE Joppa, a former Pulaski Highway liquor story that has been converted into the first medical cannabis dispensary in Harford County.

“It looks great in here, to be honest with you,” Smith told patient care specialist Julie Burgdorf as he waited for his medications.

Smith, 25, was one of a steady steam of patients who came into RISE Friday, the dispensary’s first day in business. It is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland operated by parent company Green Thumb Industries, or GTI.

There are 46 licensed dispensaries statewide, according to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission...