If you are eligible to receive medical marijuana, with a prescription from an approved physician for the following conditions:
Any condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and if the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the medical use of Cannabis.
In addition, if the patient has a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe loss of appetite, wasting, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms, or glaucoma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
What is the process for obtaining legal medical cannabis, once available in the State of Maryland?
Patients must first register as a qualifying patient on this website when the Patient Registry opens during the first quarter of next year. The Patient Registry is not yet open.
After you register, if your physician approves medical cannabis as a treatment option for you, he or she must start the process by registering as a certifying physician on this website. He or she must have an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland, and be in good standing. The Physician must also be registered to prescribe controlled substances by the State.
The Physician Registry is open and the Commission encourages Physicians to register.
Once you receive your MMCC patient ID number (obtained only through the Commission website), the patient’s registered physician can link to the patient by entering the patient’s Commission-assigned patient number on the Commission’s secure database, and then issue an online recommendation for medical cannabis.
Patients can then obtain medical cannabis at any licensed dispensary in Maryland by presenting their ID card or a valid government-issued ID. You will also need to present your MMCC ID number.
A Dispensary employee will query the Commission database to confirm your physician’s recommendation for you.
Patients may only obtain a portion of their 30-day supply at any time once the written certification is presented to a licensed dispensary, provided the portion being sought when added to portions previously obtained does not exceed a 30-day supply.
If not used to purchase medical cannabis within 120 days of issuance, a written certification becomes null and void.
At this time, the cost of medical cannabis is not reimbursable by any private or public insurance plan, Medicare or Medicaid, or through Veterans’ covered plans.
The District of Columbia is not dispensing medical cannabis to any Maryland resident.
Maryland residents should be aware that taking cannabis across State lines is a federal offense.