In the state of Maryland, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Maryland Medical Marijuana law, as per the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Maryland:
- Pain (chronic or severe)
- Muscle Spasms
- Cachexia (Wasting syndrome)
Information about the Maryland Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have designated and registered an ‘Approved Caregiver’ on behalf of the patient.
- The Maryland Medical marijuana program does not require the patient to be a resident of Maryland state.
* The patient can apply to the program using a valid photo ID, such as a Driver’s license or passport issued by the US government.
* Out-of-state persons in Maryland for the purpose of receiving medical care are allowed to obtain a written certification for the use of medical marijuana.
- All patients are required to obtain legitimate health documentation or medical records outlining their specific diagnosis. The patient’s existing medical records should be transferred to the recommending certified practitioner prior to their first visit. This is to ensure that the process can proceed without delay.
- The patient must meet the Maryland qualifying conditions for marijuana. And they will need to obtain a written certification from a certified practitioner who is licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Maryland, either by the Maryland Board of Physicians, Maryland Board of Nursing, the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners, or the Podiatrist Medical Examiners.
- The patient must submit an application for a Maryland medical marijuana card to the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission, in order to be approved for the Maryland medical marijuana program. The patient must have an electronic copy of a valid photo ID issued by the US federal or state government. The patient will also need a proof of address in Maryland, or proof of treatment at a Maryland medical facility.
* Please note: The online application must be completed and submitted in one session.
* An ID card can be purchased from the commission for $50. The card is not required to purchase medical marijuana products, but it does contain the patient’s ID number issued by the commission which is needed for certification.
* Once the patient receives their certification they can use it to purchase medical marijuana products within 120 days from the date it was issued. If the certification is not used within the first 120 days it will become void.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Maryland
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana Card from the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
* A patient may only purchase a limited amount of medical marijuana equal to a 30-day supply or less, as determined by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.