Legal States

Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

The State of Maryland became the 21st state to officially legalize medical marijuana in April 2013. Becoming one of the ever-increasing numbers of states that are legalizing cannabis as an alternative medicine, the passing of House Bill 881 became enacted into a reality when the Governor of the state, Martin O'Malley placed his signature on the dotted line. This compassionate piece of legislation will allow for patients to utilize the substantial benefits of the marijuana plant if they are suffering from a medical condition that have been specifically outlined within the language of House Bill 881. Patients are allowed to possess a 30-day supply (amount to be determined by the Commission).

Beginning June 1st, 2016, the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene may start to issue the number of medical marijuana dispensary licenses necessary to meet the demand for medical marijuana by qualifying patients and caregivers that have been issued identification cards. Please remember, it is very important to obtain as much information and guidance as one possibly can before using any alternative health options to treat a condition.

REQUIREMENTS TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MARYLAND

  1. In order for a patient to qualify for a Maryland medical marijuana card, that patient must be diagnosed by a licensed physician as possessing one of the following chronic or debilitating medical conditions (as per House Bill 881): 

    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

  2. Patients must be a resident of Maryland with a valid proof of residency.

WHAT IS A MARYLAND MARIJUANA CARD?

A Maryland medical marijuana card is a state-recognized form of patient identification that is issued by the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygeine. This Maryland medical marijuana card is responsible for verifying that a licensed physician has provided the patient with a written form of certification to allow them to utilize medical marijuana as treatment under current terms of law. A Maryland marijuana card will also identify that a patient is exempt from certain legalities regarding marijuana due to medicinal documentation.