How to Legally Obtain Medical Marijuana
Here are the steps you need to take to obtain medical marijuana in Maryland.
For Maryland Residents:
STEP #1 – Patient Registration with MMCC (Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission)
Adult Patients (18 Years of Age and Over)
In order to prepare for registration, please review the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card. This has information about how to register as a patient.
NOTE: As of December 14, 2017, the Commission has extended their administrative hold on out-of-state patient applications indefinitely. As a result, out-of-state applications won’t be reviewed, and any applicants who live outside of Maryland are prohibited from purchasing medical marijuana in the state’s licensed dispensaries. For more information, please see Bulletin 2018-002.
Minor Patients (Under Age 18)
Patients under the age of 18 must have at least one caregiver assigned at all times to their accounts. Bear in mind that only legal guardians over age 21 or parents can serve as caregivers for minors.
NOTE: As of December 14, 2017, the Commission has extended their administrative hold on out-of-state patient applications indefinitely. As a result, out-of-state applications won’t be reviewed and any applicants who live outside of Maryland are prohibited from purchasing medical marijuana in the state’s licensed dispensaries. For more information, please see Bulletin 2018-002.
Prior to registering a minor patient, caregivers are required to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission first. Additional forms are required for registering minors including one that needs to be notarized. Please carefully review the requirements in the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card for registering minor patients.
The Caregivers page has the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents for caregiver registration as well as out-of-state registration requirements.
STEP #2 – Acquire Written Certification from A Provider Who’s Registered with the
After a patient is registered, they need to obtain written certification from a provider who is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. By law, the patient is required to have a genuine provider-patient relationship with their provider. The provider also has to approve medical cannabis treatment options for a patient’s qualifying medical condition. These conditions include PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), glaucoma, persistent or severe muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, chronic or severe pain, wasting syndrome, anorexia, cachexia, or other severe chronic medical conditions where other treatments were unsuccessful.
The state’s Provider Registry is always open. The Commission encourages all providers to register. If a provider has an active, unrestricted license that’s in good standing with their Associated Board and is registered to prescribe controlled substances in the state of Maryland, they are eligible for registration through the MMCC.
After the provider and patient are registered with MMCC, the provider will need to use the patient’s Patient-ID Number from the MMCC to supply the certification for medical marijuana through a secure online application through the Commission.
STEP #3 – Visit Licensed Maryland Dispensaries
Once the patient has completed registration, obtained a written certification from a registered provider, and printed a temporary Patient ID card from the MMCC, they can visit any licensed Maryland dispensary to purchase medical marijuana.
When patients begin purchasing medical marijuana at a dispensary, they will need to present their MMCC ID card. Before the transaction is made, the dispensary employee will visit the Commission’s database to verify the patient’s certification.
Patients can only obtain and purchase a thirty-day supply of medical marijuana. Certifications that are not used within 120 days of issuance to purchase medical marijuana in a licensed dispensary will be null and void. This is something to keep in mind when obtaining written certification from a provider.
Patients and caregivers can visit Maryland’s official state website anytime to find all of the information that’s needed to purchase medical marijuana legally.