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Dispensary Technician

Become a Dispensary Technician

Dispensary Technicians work in the health care field, in medical cannabis dispensaries, performing day to day operations, helping patients with the Maryland state regulations process, and working with patients to find the best delivery methods and products that suit their needs and ensure proper dosing and usage. The national average salary for a Dispensary Technician is $34,470/year* in the United States, and averages $15.75/hour* in the Baltimore region. The medical cannabis industry is new in Maryland and is rapidly growing. There are already over 100 dispensaries in Maryland, and demand for qualified Dispensary Technicians is increasing.

Dispensary Technician Training at HCC

HCC offers a six-hour overview course for career exploration, and a 60-hour Dispensary Technician certificate course for those ready to enter this career. You’ll learn from experienced industry professionals. HCC’s training aligns with regulations and best practices of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC).

Dispensary Technician Overview of Medical Cannabis in Maryland

This is a six-hour introduction for those who are exploring this career path, or are curious about the cannabis industry and occupations, Maryland regulations, and medical properties of cannabis.

Dispensary Technician I and II

In under six months, you can be ready for a new career as a Dispensary Technician. Upon successful completion of this training, you will obtain a college certificate and be well-prepared to seek immediate employment in a state authorized medical cannabis dispensary. This program is 60 hours.

Cannabis Basics

This three-hour course is for anyone who is interested in a brief introduction to cannabis in Maryland, whether you are a medical professional, a patient, or interested in wellness options.

*Source: Salary estimates are based on 14,967 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Dispensary Technician employees. Hourly estimate Vangst 2019 Annual Industry Salary Report.


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Cannabis Basics: What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana in Maryland

Are you curious about cannabis but don’t know where to start? This course will give you a brief introduction to Maryland’s budding cannabis industry. Learn about the use of cannabis as medicine, different delivery methods , proper dosing, safety issues and more. We will provide resources to you on how to become a medical patient and cover the most popular legal topics regarding traveling with your medicine and what to do when confronted by law enforcement. Learn about cannabis in a safe space from experienced Maryland industry experts.

Tuition: $59** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Dec 02 6:30PM-9:30PM Online XE-715 8128 #6152
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Dispensary Technician II

This course is the second in a series and is designed to provide occupational training to work in a medical cannabis dispensary. This course focuses on medicinal knowledge, patient care and education aspects of the Dispensary Technician’s role. Topics include: recent research on medicinal cannabis, medicinal properties of cannabis, managing the patient experience, counseling methodology and practices. Class sessions are conducted in Zoom and Canvas; you will receive links and instructions one week before the class begins. Register for both XH-244 and XH-245; successful completion of both classes is required to earn the Dispensary Technician certificate. 30 hours, 3.0 CEUs.

Tuition: $390 (includes $340 in fees)
Tue, Thu Nov 10-Jan 14 6:30PM-8:30PM Online XH-245-7755 #7520
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Dispensary Technician Overview
Learn about one of the most exciting industries in the healthcare field. Are you passionate about helping people? Becoming a certified Dispensary Technician (or “Budtender”) might be a career choice for you. This course will cover the skills and important aspects of medical cannabis needed to provide educated, compassionate recommendations to dispensary customers. Learn to work with patients to find the best delivery methods and products that suit their needs and ensure proper dosing and usage. As cannabis is highly regulated in Maryland, this course will also cover the important laws and regulations for compliance. Six hours. .6 CEUs.
Tuition: $199 (includes $149 in fees*)
Fri Aug 07-Aug 14 9AM-12PM Online XB-603 8454 #1881
Mon Nov 09-Nov 16 6:30PM-9:30PM Online XB-603 8127 #6151
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