Please note: Effective December 14, 2017, the Commission extended the administrative hold on out-of-state patient applicants until further notice. As a result of this hold, out-of-state patient applications will not be reviewed at this time, and applicants who live outside the State may not access medical cannabis at Maryland licensed dispensaries. Please see Bulletin: 2018- 002 for additional information.
Once registered, patients must obtain a valid written certification from a provider registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. The patient is required by law to have a bona fide provider-patient relationship with the provider and the provider must approve medical cannabis as a treatment option for the patient for a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying medical conditions includecachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another chronic medical condition which is severe and for which other treatments have been ineffective.
The Provider Registry is open and the Commission encourages providers to register. Any provider with an active, unrestricted license in good standing with their Associated Board and actively registered to prescribe controlled substances in Maryland is eligible to register with MMCC.
When both the patient and provider are registered with MMCC, the provider will need the patient’s MMCC-issued Patient ID Number to issue the certification for medical cannabis through the Commission’s secure online application.
Medical cannabis cannot be purchased without a valid written certification from a provider registered with MMCC. Certifications are valid for a maximum of one year. Please note: If nothing is dispensed from a certification within 120 days of issue, the certification expires and you will need to obtain a new certification from your provider.
ID cards are optional but strongly recommended. An ID card cannot be purchased until a valid written certification has been obtained from a provider registered with MMCC Patient ID card fee: $50
After registering, obtaining a valid written certification from a registered provider, and printing a temporary MMCC Patient ID card, patients are able to visit licensed Maryland dispensaries to purchase medical cannabis.
When purchasing medical cannabis at a dispensary, patients will be required to present their MMCC ID card. The dispensary agent will verify the patient’s certification in the Commission’s database before conducting any transaction.
Patients may only purchase and obtain a maximum of a thirty-day supply of medical cannabis at one time. Please note: A certification that is not used to purchase medical cannabis, at a licensed dispensary in the state of Maryland, within 120 days of issuance becomes null and void.
What does this mean for existing patients who have an ID card?
Patients with an MMCC ID card can continue to use the MMCC ID card until it expires. The expiration date is located on the front of the MMCC ID card. Beginning April 1, 2019, an MMCC ID card will be required for purchase at all licensed Maryland dispensaries.
What does this mean for existing patients who don’t have an MMCC ID card?
If you are a registered patient and you don’t have an ID card, you have two options:
• Submit a renewal application to MMCC for a $50 fee. The renewal registration will expire 3 years from the date of renewal. Beginning March 1, 2019, any patient may submit a renewal application; or
• Order an MMCC ID card for a $50 fee. This card will expire on the date your current registration expires.
How do I renew and what does it mean?
Beginning March 1, 2019, to renew your registration, log into your existing MMCC account and click on the Renew Registration tab. You will be prompted to answer a number of questions. If your address has changed, you must update your address and you will be required to upload a current Proof of Maryland Address. Once the Commission has your renewal application, they will review it and notify you via email of approval.
How do I order an ID card without renewing?
To order an ID card, log into your MMCC account and click on the “Order ID Card” tab. Your MMCC ID card will expire on the date of your current registration.
How long until I receive my MMCC ID card?
Due to the anticipated high volume of MMCC ID card orders and registration renewals, the MMCC is unable to guarantee a delivery date for the card. However, a temporary ID will be emailed once a new patient has been certified, or an existing patient with a valid provider certification orders a card or renews their registration. This temporary ID will be valid for a period of 90 days. Each patient will have the option to print the temporary card when logging into your MMCC account.
Examples of acceptable photos:
If your photo does not meet the stated guidelines, your application will be returned.
In general, your photo must look like a passport or driver's license photo. Specifically, it must adhere to the following requirements:
For more examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos, visit the Passport Photos page of the US Department of State website. NOTE: Please do not use the photo cropping tool on the Passport Photos page; simply view the photos provided as samples of what is and is not acceptable.
A certifying provider may apply to amend the approval at any time.
VISIT THE MMCC REGISTRY