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Maryland Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

To date, Maryland has yet to pass legislature enacting a telehealth/telemedicine policy — however, the State of Maryland defines telehealth as “the use of telecommunications and information technologies for the exchange of information from one site to another, for the provision of health care to an individual from a provider through hardwire or internet connection”. Telemedicine denotes the delivery of health care services by means of “interactive audio, video, or other telecommunications/electronic technology”.

In 2012, Maryland legislature enacted parity laws, requiring Maryland Medicaid, state health employee plans, and private payers alike, to recognize and reimburse telemedicine services at the same rates as the equivalent health care service provided in-person.

All health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to first establish a physician-patient relationship with a patient, prior to providing a diagnosis or treatment — however, telemedicine may be used to satisfy this requirement, as well as the requirement for an in-person examination.

All out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine services, to patients geographically situated in the state of Maryland, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Maryland Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply; and physician licensure reciprocity, extends to Maryland’s bordering states.

On February 02, 2016, Maryland introduced potential legislature that would allow the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact, expediting a pathway to licensure for qualified physicians, wishing to practice telemedicine in multiple states.

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in Maryland

Qualified medical marijuana patients please be advised that for the purposes of using medical marijuana telemedicine services online, in Maryland:

  • The State of Maryland requires that, in order for a marijuana doctor to conduct a medical marijuana evaluation, the physician must first conduct a patient examination, in-person.
  • Although patients may not see a marijuana doctor online for the initial visit, patients may choose to use medical marijuana telemedicine services online for all follow-up visits.

If you are a qualified Maryland medical marijuana patient who has already established a bonafide relationship with a medical marijuana doctor, and want to see a marijuana doctor online and on-demand now, via the medical marijuana telemedicine portal, please click here.

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