Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016
Maryland Medical Marijuana Card
In order to be afforded legal protection of the Maryland Medical Marijuana law, qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card by submitting a marijuana card application to the Maryland Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. The Maryland medical marijuana card is a state-recognized form of patient identification, issued by the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygeine.
Beginning June 2016, the Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene may start to issue the number of medical marijuana dispensary licenses necessary to meet the demand for medical marijuana by qualifying patients and caregivers that have been issued identification cards.
HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MARYLAND
- Obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis —
- Patients need a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Maryland — *Find a certified
- Patients must be 18 years of age, and be a Maryland resident, with a valid proof of residency.
- To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in a patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care; or
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces: Cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or persistent muscle spasms
- Patients are required to register with the Maryland Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. Registration is mandatory.
- The patient registry fee will be determined during the rulemaking process.
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Website: Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission