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 how to get a hold of a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland:
1.Confirm Your Condition
To do this, you must go to a doctor – preferably your primary one – and get diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (e.g. from epilepsy)
- Muscle spasms (e.g. from MS)
- A chronic or debilitating disease (e.g. cancer, AIDS/HIV)
- A condition requiring hospice or palliative care and for which medical marijuana could provide relief (e.g. being assessed as having a short time to live)
2. Get Your Physician’s Referral
Once your condition has been verified, it will go onto your medical record. Should your condition fall under one or more of the above categories, a physician may provide you with a signed Physician’s Statement recommending you for medical marijuana.
3. Fill Out Your Form
Once you have your Physician’s Statement, you must register with the Maryland Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. Registration is mandatory in order to be considered eligible for medical marijuana. Application forms must include the following before they can be accepted:
- Valid photographic ID (e.g. driver’s license, Maryland issued identification card)
- Proof of residence
- Signed Physician’s Statement
Completed application forms with the above documents attached must be sent to:
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Email: [email protected]
Fees are decided upon during the rulemaking process, but will usually be around .
4. Wait for Your Card
Application forms and cards usually take up to 30 days to process and issue.
5. Once You Have Your Medical Marijuana Card …
… You can technically buy from a dispensary in Maryland. However, there are no dispensaries in Maryland as of yet, and the process for their approval has been slow. In the meantime, those who need medical marijuana in Maryland must get it from a licensed caregiver.