Maryland Medical Marijuana

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Qualifying Conditions

  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia (A state of severe weight loss and tissue wasting secondary to underlying disease — e.g., AIDS, terminal cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, multiple sclerosis, anorexia nervosa, malnutrition, congestive heart failure, tuberculosis, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, mercury poisoning and hormone deficiency.)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Severe Pain
  • Wasting Syndrome

State Agency & Application Fee

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
$100.00

How To Register As a Patient

Who is eligible to register as a Patient?

  • Maryland Residents

    Any Maryland resident whose provider recommends medical cannabis as a treatment option for a qualifying medical condition is eligible to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) as a patient. Qualifying medical conditions include cachexia, 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.

  • Non-Maryland Residents

    Any non-Maryland resident currently in Maryland for the purpose of receiving medical treatment is eligible to register as a patient with the MMCC and, during registration, will be required to provide the name and address of the Maryland medical facility where the patient is receiving treatment.

Important: 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.

A registered patient is permitted to identify a maximum of two individuals, aged 21 years or older, to serve as caregivers. Caregivers are required to register with and purchase ID cards from the Commission. Registered caregivers in possession of a valid MMCC Caregiver ID card are able to purchase medical cannabis on behalf of their designated patients from licensed Maryland dispensaries and transport the legally obtained medical cannabis to their designated patients. Detailed information regarding caregiver requirements and the caregiver registration process is available on the Caregivers page.

Please note: Minor patients (under the age of 18) are required to have at least one caregiver at all times. Only parents and legal guardians of minor patients are eligible to serve as their caregivers.

How can I register as a Patient?

While the registration processes and requirements differ for adult and minor patients, both are completed online. The online application form must be completed and submitted in one session; you will not be able to save and complete the application at a later time.

It is essential that you have the required information and documents in an electronic format ready for upload before starting the application process. Please carefully review the requirements below and the appropriate guidance documents to ensure you are prepared to complete the entire application before beginning the process.

Registration for Adult Patients

Process to Register as an Adult Patient (18+ years of age)

Follow the process defined below, as well as in the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents, to register as an adult patient.

  1. Gather the required files and information. As part of the online application for adult patients, you will need:
    • A valid, accessible email account which you are comfortable using in relation to your Maryland Medical Cannabis account. The Commission will use this email address as the principal means of communication with you regarding your account and its status.
    • The last four digits of the patient's Social Security Number
    • An electronic copy of a valid US government-issued photo ID and proof of Maryland address or treatment at a Maryland medical facility. The file may be either a PDF or image file (.pdf, .jpg, .png or .gif) and no larger than 3 MB in size.
      • Maryland Residents must provide:

Acceptable forms of identification:

    • Driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card (both front and back)
    • Military ID
    • Passport

If the identification you provide is not a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, OR does not identify your current residential address, you must also provide two (2) of the following source documents as proof of your current Maryland address.

§ Must include the applicant's name and residence address.

§ May not be from the same business, company or agency.

§ Must reflect an issuance date within the previous 90 days.

o Maryland vehicle registration card or title;

o Utility, telephone or cable/satellite TV bill;

o Checking or savings account statement;

o Property tax bill or receipt;

o Mortgage account or proof of home ownership (Deed, Title, Bill of Sale or Statement from Maryland Assessment and Taxation);

o Residential rental contract (apartment lease or other rental of real property)(current formal contract or agreement between landlord and tenant which includes all signatures);

o First class or priority mail from a federal, state or local government agency to include the contents and envelope;

o Installment contract from a bank or other financial institution;

o Major credit card and Department/Retail store credit card bills (Wal-Mart, Sears, Lowe's, Exxon, etc);

o Residential service contract (refers to services performed at the address of residence; for example, cable or satellite television, TV repairs, lawn service or exterminator contract);

o Selective Service Card.

Non-Maryland Residents must provide:

Acceptable forms of identification:

    • Driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card (both front and back)
    • Military ID
    • Passport

If providing government identification that does not list a current address, then you must also two (2) of the following source documents as proof of your current Maryland address.

§ Must include the applicant's name and residence address.

§ May not be from the same business, company or agency.

§ Must reflect an issuance date within the previous 90 days.

o Maryland vehicle registration card or title;

o Utility, telephone or cable/satellite TV bill;

o Checking or savings account statement;

o Property tax bill or receipt;

o Mortgage account or proof of home ownership (Deed, Title, Bill of Sale or Statement from Maryland Assessment and Taxation);

o Residential rental contract (apartment lease or other rental of real property)(current formal contract or agreement between landlord and tenant which includes all signatures);

o First class or priority mail from a federal, state or local government agency to include the contents and envelope;

o Installment contract from a bank or other financial institution;

o Major credit card and Department/Retail store credit card bills (Wal-Mart, Sears, Lowe's, Exxon, etc);

o Residential service contract (refers to services performed at the address of residence; for example, cable or satellite television, TV repairs, lawn service or exterminator contract);

o Selective Service Card.

Acceptable proof that the patient is in the State to receive medical treatment:

    • The address of and a contact name for the Maryland medical facility where the patient is receiving treatment
  • An electronic copy of a clear photograph taken within the last six (6) months. We strongly recommend using a free, highly-rated passport photo app widely available for download via the App Store, Google Play Store or anywhere apps are available.

Generally, the photo should look like a driver’s license or passport photo. Specifically, it must be a clear, color photo of the patient’s unobscured face taken within the last six months to reflect the patient’s current appearance and feature a plain white or off-white background. The patient must be clothed, directly facing the camera with both eyes open and should have either a neutral facial expression or a natural smile.

The file must be an image file (.jpg, .png or .gif) no larger than 3 MB in size and may not be digitally enhanced or altered in a way that changes the patient’s appearance.

Examples of acceptable photos:

Sample photo examples

If your photo does not meet the stated guidelines, your application will be returned.

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.

Patients in hospice care may elect to submit a letter from the attending hospice physician in lieu of a recent photo. The letter must be from the Attending of Hospice Record (AOHR) physician on hospice letterhead stating that the patient is a hospice patient under his or her care. It may be uploaded in either .jpg or .pdf format.

  1. Complete and submit an online application. Visit the MMCC Registry website and click Create Account under the Patients heading.
  2. Verify your email address. As soon as you have completed and submitted an online application form, a verification email will be sent to the email address you provided on your application. You mustclick the verification link in the email message to verify your email account. Without performing this step, your application is not complete and will not be reviewed by the Commission.

Completed applications will be reviewed by MMCC and you will receive a follow up email advising whether or not your application has been approved. Please retain the approval email for your records. It contains your Username, which you will need to log in to the Patient Registry, as well as your MMCC Patient ID Number, which your physician will need to issue your written certification for medical cannabis. Once you have a written certification, you will also need to provide your Patient ID Number when visiting a licensed dispensary to purchase medical cannabis.

  1. OPTIONAL: Designate a Caregiver. Once your application has been approved, you can log into the Patient Registry to access your account and designate a caregiver (on the Add/Remove Caregiver tab). Please note that the caregiver must be registered (submitted an application and received MMCC approval) prior to being designated.

Next Steps

After receiving MMCC approval, you are ready to visit a provider registered with MMCC to obtain a valid certification. Once fully registered and in possession of a valid certification, you may visit a licensed Maryland dispensary to purchase medical cannabis and, in addition, are eligible to purchase an optional patient ID card for a fee of $50.

Please be sure to have your MMCC Patient ID Number with you when you visit your provider and the dispensary.

How To Obtain Medical Marijuana

Step 1: Register as a patient with MMCC

  • Adult Patients (18+ years of age):
​To prepare for registration, please review the Process Overview for registering as a patient.​

  • 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.

    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.

    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 include cachexia, 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 corresponding 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: 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 licensed 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.​


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