Hi Tide West Ocean City
Hi Tide Dispensary located in West Ocean City, Md.(Photo: Staff Photo by Megan Raymond)Buy Photo
Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries are opening their doors across Maryland, transforming cannabis into canna-business.
But there probably isn’t one quite like Hi Tide.
Patients are greeted just inside the glass front doors by sales racks lined with everything from T-shirts to lighters and from baseball caps to coffee mugs — all emblazoned with Hi Tide’s beachy logo.
The display is about more than diversifying revenue, said Bob Davis, owner of the West Ocean City dispensary, which is tentatively set to open at the end of March or early April.
“Ideally, the vibe of the store is to be accessible,” he said. “I don’t want people to feel like they’re doing something wrong.”
Davis’ retail-oriented approach appears to be an outgrowth of the public’s increasingly changing attitude toward marijuana. While it remains federally designated as a Schedule 1 substance — on par with heroin and