Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Website: Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
“A Maryland patient can only obtain legal medical cannabis from Maryland-licensed dispensaries. The dispensaries can only obtain their cannabis from Maryland-licensed growers, and their extracts from Maryland-licensed processors… The Commission anticipates that medical cannabis may first be available to patients in the second half of 2016,” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), [Accessed June 26, 2015]
The Maryland Patient Registry fee is to be determined by the Commission, during the initial rulemaking process. The Maryland Marijuana Registry is mandatory and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.
As legislation changes in Maryland, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in Maryland.
On April 08, 2014, House Bill 881, was approved by the House 125-11 and by the Senate 44-2. Governor Martin O’Malley signed the bill on April 14, 2014, effective June 01, 2014.
House Bill 881 tasked the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission, with developing regulations for a patient registry and identification cards, dispensary licensing, settling fees and possession limits. The Commission includes provisions to issue yearly requests for applications from academic medical centers, to operate medical marijuana compassionate use programs.
HB 881 effectively removed all state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients who have been issued with a “written or oral recommendation”, by their primary care physician, stating that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana.”
Maryland’s full rollout of its medical marijuana program is expected to start in 2017, three years after it was approved by the state Legislature. The delay in the implementation of the program was a result of a lack of medical marijuana academic centers’ interest in opening in Maryland. In 2016, Maryland’s medical cannabis commission awarded 15 licenses to industrial hemp growers, 15 licenses to medical marijuana processors and 102 licenses to potential marijuana dispensaries. Businesses are now gearing up to begin the sale of medical cannabis in Maryland after final inspections have been concluded.
Peninsula Alternative Health, the first medical marijuana dispensary on the East Shore of Maryland, in Salisbury, MD opened in December 2017. Potomac Holistics also opened in Dec 2017 in the city of Rockville. More dispensaries are expected to open in 2018.
Maryland medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to possess a “30-day supply”, an amount that is still to be determined by the Commission.
Qualified patients in Maryland may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first established a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
The State of Maryland has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Maryland Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Maryland state guidelines. Physicians who are certifying patients must be registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
Since the Maryland medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Maryland medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Maryland medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Maryland medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Maryland’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Maryland.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Maryland’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.
Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in our definitive guide of Maryland’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Maryland’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.