Maryland has allowed marijuana for medical use, but there are stiff penalties for recreational use, even if marijuana is decriminalized (usually used to fine marijuana users and put them into drug treatment). Like a few other states where medical marijuana is legal for those with a valid card and permission, Maryland has no dispensary as of yet.
For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Dr. Frank, online or in-person. If your state offers telehealth, Dr. Frank may be able to consult with your primary doctor or surgeon as well.
For those who are in need of relief from what could be chronic and debilitating conditions, here’s a guide to getting hold of a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland:
Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person.
How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.
How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?
7 – 30 days, although there may be some backlogs and some have complained of it taking much longer.
Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)
30-day supply, to be determined by physician’s recommendation.
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Any condition where medical marijuana may be helpful, as determined by a physician
Medical Marijuana Laws
2014 – House Bill 881 (HB 881) is approved by Governor Martin O’Malley. This tasked the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission with developing regulations for patients and dispensaries, including licensing, fees and possession limits.
2016 – The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission is allowed to issue the number of dispensary licenses available.
2017 – Doctors and nurses may make a medical marijuana recommendation as long as they are licensed by the Maryland Board of Nursing, Maryland Board of Physicians, the Podiatrist Medical Examiners or the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners. Registry is mandatory for providers in order to start issuing medical marijuana cards.
State-licensed dispensaries are operational.
There is no caregiver program.
Home cultivation is prohibited.
Up to a 30-day supply of cannabis can be issued for patients.
There is no reciprocity with other states.
Possession of up to 10 g for personal use is a Civil Offense and can bring a fine of up to $100.
Possession of between 10 g and less than 50 pounds is a misdemeanor, and can bring up to 1 year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
Possession of 50 pounds or more is a felony, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years and/or a fine of $100,000. Intending to distribute more than 50 pounds will get you the label of “drug kingpin”, and can mean a mandatory sentence of at least 5 years and, in cases with multiple offenses (e.g. cultivation) may bring the mandatory minimum up to 20 years and/or a $1,000,000 fine.
Penalties for hashish and concentrates are the same as for marijuana.
Possession of paraphernalia is a Civil Offense, and though there is no penalty, paraphernalia may be confiscated and a criminal charge may go on record, especially if it’s a repeat offense. Sale/advertising may bring you a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine. Subsequent violations could mean up to 2 years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.
Trafficking more than 45 kg into Maryland can bring up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $50,000. Less than 45 kg and more than 5 kg, and the sentence is 10 years and a $10,000 fine.
Possession of a firearm with cannabis will bring stiffer penalties.
Cultivation is treated as possession. However, cultivation may be seen as a sign as wanting to distribute, so this depends on how many plants a person is growing and how much produce they get.