Maryland Medical Marijuana

Updated on September 9, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Maryland Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
849 International Drive, 4th Floor
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 1-844-421-2571
Non-Registry Inquiries: 410-487-8100

Website: Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMMC)

Maryland Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. There is no residency requirement to be eligible for the Maryland Medical marijuana program, you may apply as long as you have a valid US issued photo ID. Any legal Maryland resident can apply and participate in the program and any person from out-of-state who is in Maryland for the purpose of receiving medical care can be issued a written certification and obtain medical cannabis.
  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 — *Learn how to request your medical records
  3. Patients must obtain a written certification from a doctor or nurse that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana in the State of Maryland by the Podiatrist Medical Examiners, Maryland Board of Nursing, the Maryland Board of Physicians, or the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners. It should also be taken into consideration that patients are highly encouraged to establish a long-standing relationship with the physician conducting any evaluations — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Maryland
  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 Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. You must complete and submit your entire online application in one session. In order to apply, you must have an electronic copy of a valid US federal or state government-issued photo ID and proof of Maryland address or treatment at a Maryland medical facility.

Patients also have the ability to purchase an ID card for $50 from the commission to help keep track of their commission-issued Patient ID number. Though the card is not required to buy medical marijuana products, the Patient ID number is needed for certification.

Note: If a patient does not use their certification to purchase medicinal cannabis products within 120 days of it being issued, the certification becomes void. 

Recent Legislation Changes

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 Marijuana Registry is mandatory and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.
Effective January 1, 2019 – The MMMC requires a non-refundable $50 fee when the patient’s application is submitted via credit or debit card.

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 Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

Maryland medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to possess a “30-day supply”, an amount that is still to be determined by the Commission.

Maryland Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

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”.

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Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Maryland 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.

Medical Marijuana Laws

Read Maryland’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Maryland’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation.

See all the relevant laws concerning medical marijuana compiled in one place. Get a thorough knowledge of the regulations that control possession, prescription, usage and cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana in Maryland. This will help you to comply with regulatory requirements and enjoy the full protection of the law. The laws are well-written in simplified language so you can easily read and understand them.

Medical Marijuana Facts

Our list of Medical Marijuana Facts will help you separate the facts from the myths in Maryland’s state program. We want you to have up-to-date and accurate facts about medical cannabis in Maryland. That is why our team of researchers, educators and editors have created a fact sheet that contains a list of important details you need to read regularly. This will make it easy for you to separate real facts from myths about marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Card

Find out how to obtain a Maryland Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Maryland’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know ‘s requirements.

Our exceptional guide takes you step-by-step from obtaining a doctor’s written certification through the application process and receiving your card. This card is essential for both patients and caregivers who want to purchase medical marijuana regularly without violating the state laws on possession of cannabis.

Connect to Marijuana Doctors in Maryland

To qualify to use cannabis or any medical marijuana product to treat any condition, you need to obtain your certification from a licensed doctor in Maryland. To help you navigate the process, we have designed a search system so you can:

  • Take Advantage of Our Fast Doctor Search System — Finding marijuana doctors in Maryland is so convenient with our search system. Simply enter your zip code, and you’ll see the doctors working in your community. You can also use the cities displayed on the page to quickly locate doctors in our network for each city.
  • View Doctors’ Profiles and Book Appointments Find all the important details you need to make an informed decision when you want to consult our doctors. You’ll see their operating hours, service fees and reviews of their practice as provided by other patients. Then, you can select a doctor that’ll meet your needs by booking an appointment instantly.

Locate Licensed Maryland Marijuana Dispensaries

We work hard to ensure patients can buy their medical marijuana easily from licensed dispensaries. We have a list of dispensaries that will offer quality cannabis for the treatment of your condition. Visit our Maryland medical marijuana dispensary directory now to find producers close to home and to book an appointment with them online.

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Dispensaries in Maryland

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Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO