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Maryland Medical Cannabis

Step 1: Register as a patient with MMCC

  • Adult Patients (18+ years of age):

​To prepare for registration, please review the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card for registering as a patient.​

​​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.

  • Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age):

    Minor patients are required to have at least one caregiver assigned to their accounts at all times. Only parents or legal guardians 21 years of age and older are eligible to serve as caregivers for minor patients.
    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. ​

    Caregivers must register with the Commission prior to registering the minor patient
    . Registering a minor patient requires additional forms, one of which must be notarized, so please review carefully the requirements in the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents for registering a minor patient.   For additional information on caregivers, please visit the Caregivers page and review the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents for registering as a caregiver. For additional information on out-of-state registration requirements, please visit the Patient and Caregiver pages.

Step 2: Obtain a written certification from a provider registered with the Commission

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.

Step 3: Obtain Certification

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

Step 3: Visit a licensed Maryland dispensary 

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.​


Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Photo Requirements for Registration

Examples of acceptable photos:

Example 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:

  • Must be a clear, color photograph of the head and shoulders
  • Must be an image file (.jpg, .png or .gif) no larger than 3 MB in size
  • Sized to 2 x 2 inches with dimensions in a square aspect ratio; minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels, maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch
  • Taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera with nothing obscuring the face, such as a hat or sunglasses
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural smile, and with both eyes open
  • Photo may not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way

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.

Patient Qualifying Conditions

  1. Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions that results in the patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care;
  2. Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions or treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
    (a) Cachexia
    (b) Anorexia
    (c) Wasting syndrome
    (d) Severe or chronic pain
    (e) Severe nausea
    (f) Seizures or
    (g) Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
  5. A condition that is:
    (a) Severe
    (b) For which other medical treatments have been ineffective and
    (c) If the symptoms reasonably can be expected to be relieved by the medical use of cannabis.

A certifying provider may apply to amend the approval at any time.
VISIT THE MMCC REGISTRY

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