It’s been a full year since medical marijuana officially entered Maryland’s economy and over $100 million in revenue has been generated by local dispensaries during that time.

Former Baltimore Ravens football star, Eugene Monroe, is one of the biggest names in Maryland’s cannabis business which has already helped heal thousands of local residents.

“The more people who become aware of the availability of cannabis and the ease of access to it increases, we do think that we will continue to see that type of growth here in the market,” said Monroe.

Local leaders have also embraced the new businesses into their community’s.

“Our district senator has actually come by a couple times,” said Herbology dispensary owner Melvin Crawford. “We have done programs with local Montgomery County Police Department and so we work well together.”

As of December 1, Maryland has over 50,000 medical marijuana patients with another 300 people registering every day.

Veterans of foreign wars have also flocked to the stores as cannabis helps them deal with PTSD symptoms.

Industry leaders hope and believe that all these factors lead to a dramatic change of policy from state lawmakers in Annapolis.

Dispensary customers who are unable to smoke marijuana are still able to benefit from cannabis health benefits through a wide range of lozenges, vaporizers and topical creams.