CAMBRIDGE — Sunburst Pharm, a state-of-the-art licensed medicinal marijuana dispensary, opened for business Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 603 Meteor Avenue in Cambridge.
The new company will offer expert guidance and medicinal cannabis products for Maryland medical cannabis patients.
“Our management team has a decade of experience working with medicinal cannabis,” Sunburst Pharm CEO Darryl Hill said. “Our goal is to improve the lives of our patients and the local community through the use of this medical option.”
Medicinal cannabis is used to treat qualifying chronic or debilitating diseases and medical conditions such as glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anorexia, multiple sclerosis, severe or chronic pain and seizures, among others. Studies have shown that 92 percent of patients preferred medicinal cannabis to opioids for the treatment of their conditions.
Hospice and palliative care patients may also qualify as patients who are eligible to receive medicinal cannabis, the release states. Patients must apply to become Maryland medical cannabis patients through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (mmcc.maryland.gov) to receive written certification for use of medicinal cannabis.
The dispensary will offer one-on-one consultation on cannabis, the different strains, consumption methods and their efficacy for different medical conditions, the release states. Sunburst Pharm sells a broad range of medical cannabis products including cannabis flower, THC concentrates (e.g. tinctures, wax, shatter, oil, and vape pen cartridges), topicals, CBD rich products, consumer devices and other accessories.
A recent report indicated that the sales for medical marijuana in Maryland exceeded projections by a factor of 100 percent in 2018.
“I came to Cambridge as a minority business owner and wanted to create revenue and jobs in this community by hiring a diverse staff from the local area,” Hill said. “We are thrilled to be here and look forward to providing community forums and classes to educate the community about this important medical resource.”
Hill also spoke on a keynote panel at the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce 73rd Membership Meeting & Dinner Jan. 24. Hill said his company was much more than just a dispensary.
“We believe that in order for cannabis to be efficiently enjoyed and applied you have to understand that it’s a medicine. So we bring not only product, but we bring consultation,” Hill said. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding about this drug on the market that’s had a bad name for dozens of years, ... We want to clear up some of these misunderstandings.”
Hill said some of the myths and hesitancies behind marijuana needed to be reimagined. He said on the Eastern Shore, citizens are more serious about using cannabis as an effective medicine. The average age for some patients is the 50 plus range, he said.
“So this isn’t necessarily about kids trying to get high,” Hill said. “This is about real medicine.”
Sunburst Pharm is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dispensary is closed on Tuesdays. An official grand opening ceremony will be held later in February.