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Updated on May 6, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Maryland Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

Maryland currently allows telehealth under limited circumstances. Specifically, a certifying provider may only issue or renew a written certification via telehealth if the certifying provider:

1. Reviews the patient’s medical records

2. Completes an assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition

3. Creates and maintains records of the patient’s condition in accord with medically accepted standards

4. Determines that the qualifying patient meets the certifying provider’s inclusion criteria, the qualifying patient does not meet the certifying provider’s exclusion criteria, and the potential benefits of the medical use of cannabis likely outweigh the health risks of the patient.

Before providing treatment through telehealth, the health care provider will perform a clinical evaluation that is appropriate for the patient and the condition with which the patient presents. This evaluation may not be conducted via email, SMS or text message, or fax.

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 legislation 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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