Patients in Maryland can now use medical cannabis as an option to enhance their overall health and well-being. There are three steps to legally obtaining medical cannabis:
STEP 1 – Formally register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC)
The first step is to register as a patient or caregiver on the MMCC website. There is no fee to register with the commission, but you will need to provide your name, address, date of birth, and upload a copy of a state-issued ID card such as your driver’s license.Register here
STEP 2 – Visit your licensed provider
Once you’ve registered, you can visit a licensed medical practitioner that is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Only licensed medical practitioners that are registered with MMCC can issue written certifications to patients. Beginning June 2017, this will include not only physicians, but also dentists, podiatrists, and nurse practitioners.
Licensed practitioners may recommend medical cannabis for a variety of conditions outlined by the state.
STEP 3 – Purchase from a licensed dispensary
If you’ve registered with the state and received certification from a licensed practitioner, you’re now ready to purchase medical cannabis. Remember that medical cannabis is an out-of-pocket expense since health insurance programs don’t currently cover it.
We recommend educating yourself on medical cannabis prior to going to a dispensary. The basics include understanding the difference between Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains, the types of active ingredients (THC vs. CBD), and the various methods of consuming.
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe Loss of Appetite
- Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in a patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care; or
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces:
• severe or chronic pain;
• severe nausea;
• seizures; or
• severe or persistent muscle spasms.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)