Representatives of medical cannabis dispensary to speak
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its General Membership Luncheon September 21. The event will feature Anthony Darby and Dr. Mary Pat Hoffman, the CEO and Clinical Director, respectively, of Peninsula Alternative Health, a medical cannabis dispensary set to open in Salisbury this month.
Darby and Hoffman’s presentation will harken back to that which they presented to the Greater Salisbury Committee in July, including a brief history of cannabis, reviews of studies done by the National Academy of Sciences this year on the subject, scientific breakdowns relating to anatomy and chemistry, as well as the strains of cannabis and their effects. The pair also plans to discuss in depth the role of cannabis as medicine, and how that relates to legislation in the state of Maryland as employer policy and drug screening has recently come to the forefront of the medical conversation. Darby plans to round out the presentation with potential strategies for dealing with the new medical cannabis legislation, and how business may retain high level talent that may use said medication.
Darby graduated from Salisbury University in 2005 and briefly had a role in Local Book Publishing before pursuing work in the finance and technology sectors, where he held titles such as State Director for the Maryland/Delaware/Virginia region for a payment processing company. He then went on to start his first company at the age of 26 focusing specifically on the Delmarva region, eventually assuming a silent partnership. He then became regional director for American Express Enterprise Sales and subsequently Director for Franconnect based in Reston, VA, finally serving as National Sales Director for a SAP reseller before resigning in July of this year to fully commit his time and efforts to Peninsula Alternative Health.
He volunteers with the Lions Club, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, and coaching lacrosse at both the Salisbury School and WIHI. Anthony lives in Salisbury with his wife Trisha, and their two daughters Kennedy and Reagan.
Hoffman graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and is a registered pharmacist in Maryland and Delaware. She has over two decades of experience in retail pharmacy, and over the past ten years, has studied the science of cannabis, its history, safety, efficacy, and broad range of potential clinical applications. In January 2017, Dr. Hoffman co-instructed Selected Topics in Medicinal Cannabis at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, the first cannabis class ever offered in a Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program.
The team at PAH believes her knowledge and understanding of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids, and the science of cannabis as a medication provide a valuable asset to the team at Peninsula Alternative Health. Hoffman is a longtime resident of Ocean City where she enjoys life with her husband and 10-year- old daughter.
The luncheon will take place at 12 p.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites at 300 South Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury, MD 21801. Tickets are $25 beforehand, and may be purchased through For those choosing to pay at the door who have not registered, the cost will be $35. For more information about the event contact Lauren Alfes, Director of Events at 410.749.0144. For more information about Peninsula Alternative Health, visit


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