Recently opened Zen Leaf in Waldorf is one of Maryland’s first medical marijuana dispensaries. New regulations and strict zoning laws created interesting challenges for the design team. Our process started with an exhaustive building code study before diving into design documents. High security storage, a public waiting area and a private retail area were some of the issues that required a high level of architectural expertise during the design process. As with all of our projects, working with the client closely to organize the program ensured that the space would be secure while also usable, for both employees and visitors. Our knowledge and team experience were invaluable in negotiating the challenges and delivering a functional and aesthetically pleasing medical dispensary for our client.