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  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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Patients and Caregivers

What is the process for obtaining legal medical cannabis, once available in the State of Maryland? 
  • Patients must first register as a qualifying patient on this website when the Patient Registry opens during the first quarter of 2017. The Patient Registry is not yet open.  
  • After you register, if your physician approves medical cannabis as a treatment option for you, he or she must start the process by registering as a certifying physician on this website. He or she must have an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland, and be in good standing. The Physician must also be registered to prescribe controlled substances by the State.     
  • Once you receive your patient number (obtained only through the Commission website), the patient’s registered physician can link to the patient by entering the patient’s Commission-assigned patient number on the Commission’s secure database, and then issue an online recommendation for medical cannabis.
  • Patients can then obtain medical cannabis at any licensed Dispensary in Maryland by presenting their ID card or a valid government-issued ID.
  • A Dispensary employee will query the Commission database to confirm your physician’s recommendation for you.
  • Once established and licensed, the list of Dispensaries and their locations will be posted on this website. Patients may only obtain a thirty-day supply at one time from a licensed dispensary and please note, a written certification that is not used to purchase medical cannabis within 120 days of issuance becomes null and void.  
  • At this time, the cost of medical cannabis is not reimbursable by any private or public insurance plan, Medicare or Medicaid, or through Veterans’ covered plans.
  • The District of Columbia is not dispensing medical cannabis to any Maryland resident.
  • Maryland residents should be aware that taking cannabis across State lines is a federal offense.

Last Updated: 1/20/2017