MEDICAL CANNABIS IN MARYLAND
Obtaining medical cannabis in Maryland is basically a three-step process for new patients:
First: Each patient or caregiver must register online with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC). This online registration will ask you to enter basic information about yourself and to upload a picture of yourself and documents. Your registration with the commission may take a couple days to be approved by the commission. It is best to get registered as a potential patient right away. Note: it is not necessary to purchase a medical cannabis ID card as communication between the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, certifying physician and dispensary is done through secure online verification.
Second: Once you are registered with the (MMCC) you will then need to be seen by a Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission certifying physician or medical practitioner. Not all physicians or practitioners in practice are able to certify (prescribe) medical cannabis. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission does not provide a list of doctors/practitioners to review as they allow practitioners to market their own services.
The reasons that medical cannabis may be prescribed in Maryland are:
Severe or Chronic pain
Severe or Persistent muscle spasms
post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Cachexia (weight loss due to underlying illness ex. Cancer)
Third: After your appointment with a state certified practitioner (if you have been given a certification to receive medical cannabis) you may then proceed to a Maryland state licensed medical cannabis dispensary in which you will receive professional guidance and education in selecting the proper strain and variety of medical cannabis to help treat your condition.