Legal States

Maryland Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Maryland

The State of Maryland has recently expanded its limited medical marijuana program to become a more broad and legalized system. In turn, Maryland will now allow for prospective medical marijuana patients to become a legal card holder upon receiving a doctor-written recommendation, as well as an approval of their application by the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. House Bill 881 – aka the measure Governor O’Malley enacted into law –states that a medical marijuana recommendation must be issued by a Maryland physician who is certified to recommend cannabis as alternative treatment option. It should also be taken into consideration that patients are highly encouraged to establish a long-standing relationship with the physician conducting any evaluations. Once a patient has completed a thorough and detailed evaluation that outlines any previous health maladies, then they may be deemed eligible via physician clearance to apply for a Maryland medical marijuana card. Additionally – after Governor O’Malley signed House Bill 881 into legislation – there was another bill that was signed regarding marijuana decriminalization.

Please note that in order to become registered as a Maryland medical marijuana patient, you must first possess a document-driven condition that has been clearly outlined by the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s list of qualifying conditions (via House Bill 881). Medical conditions that may be alleviated by the use of therapeutic cannabis are listed below.

Click if you wish to take an in-depth look into House Bill 881 and Senate Bill 364.

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Maryland

  1. Patients must be a justifiable resident that lives in the State of Maryland and can readily provide a valid form of Maryland I.D. as proof of residency. If a patient does not have a valid form of a Maryland I.D., there lies the potential for a passport or other form of photo identification that features proof of residency to be utilized. Examples of possible forms of identification may include a bank statement or utility bill.
  2. Patients must be able to obtain legitimate medical records or health documentation that will aid their diagnosis to be recommended alternative medicine. These health records are extremely important and should be transferred over to the recommending doctor's office or to a patient's first ever medical marijuana evaluation. If a patient wishes to learn how to request previous medical records, please check our step-by-step process.
  3. Patients must obtain a written certification from a doctor that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana in the State of Maryland. It should also be taken into consideration that patients are highly encouraged to establish a long-standing relationship with the physician conducting any evaluations.
  4. In order for a patient to become approved into the state’s medical marijuana program, an application for a Maryland medical marijuana card must be filled-out and submitted to the appropriate state authority.

What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Maryland?

Patients in Maryland that have been diagnosed with the following medical conditions are qualified to utilize recommended medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option under House Bill 811:

  • 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: cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or persistent muscle spasms.