The first two people that chef and restaurateur Jeff Black consulted before he officially decided to get in the medical cannabis business were his kids, then 12 and 13.
“I sat them down, and I said, ‘I’m not going to do this if there’s going to be some stigma against you in school. I’m not going to do this if you’re going to carry some burden,’” Black says.
But as he talked through it, his youngest son started spouting off medical data about the benefits of cannabis. “I was like, ‘Where do you know that from?’ He’s like, ‘I want to be a doctor, dad. I know everything,’” Black recalls. “He was the one who was like, ‘You need to do this. You should do this. This is an important.’”
Black is now a partner in Doctor’s Orders, one of Maryland’s newly licensed medical cannabis companies. Mackie Barch, the son of one of Black’s