In Maryland, you must meet certain requirements in order to obtain a medical card. This article will go over the most important qualifications and the documentation required to prove your eligibility.
Continue reading to find out more.
Qualifying Conditions for a Maryland Medical Marijuana Card
The Maryland medical marijuana card program has a number of qualifying conditions, including:
Patients must first obtain a written certification from a licensed physician in order to be eligible for a Maryland medical marijuana card. The doctor must decide whether the patient has a qualifying condition and whether the benefits of medical cannabis outweigh the risks. In order to receive their cards, patients must first register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
How Do I Know if I Qualify for a Medical Card?
In order to qualify for a medical card in Maryland, you must be a resident of the state and meet one of the following conditions:
-You suffer from a debilitating medical condition that significantly impairs your ability to carry out daily activities
-You are registered as a hospice patient
-Your doctor has recommended you use medical marijuana to treat a debilitating condition
-You are receiving treatment for cancer, glaucoma, or another qualifying medical condition
-You have a chronic or debilitating disease that causes severe symptoms such as pain, muscle spasms, nausea, or appetite loss.
If you think you might be eligible for a medical card, talk to your doctor first. Medical marijuana can only be prescribed by a licensed physician. You must register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to receive your card once you have received a recommendation. The procedure is straightforward and can be completed entirely online.
What is the Process for Getting a Medical Card in Maryland?
There are a few requirements that must be met in order to obtain a medical card in Maryland. Applicants must be 18 years old and have a government-issued photo ID. They must also be suffering from a serious medical condition that is not treatable with traditional medicine. Finally, they must be Maryland residents who have been diagnosed by a licensed physician.
If you meet these requirements, go to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s website to start the application process. You can create an account and fill out an online application there. Make sure you have your doctor’s certification and all other required documents on hand before you begin. The MMCC will review your application and issue you a medical card if it is approved.
You can purchase medical cannabis from any licensed dispensary in Maryland once you have your card.
Benefits of a Maryland Medical Marijuana Card
The following are some of the advantages of having a Maryland medical marijuana card:
-You can use your MMJ card to purchase medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries.
-You will have access to a wider range of strains than patients who do not have a card.
-If you live more than 30 miles from a dispensary, you may be able to grow your own cannabis plants.
-Your employer cannot treat you unfairly because you have a medical marijuana card.
-If you have small amounts of cannabis in your possession, you will not be arrested or prosecuted.
Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Cost
A new medical marijuana card in Maryland costs $50. Of course, before applying for a card, you’ll need to factor in the cost of seeing a medical marijuana doctor.
Obtaining a medical marijuana card is the best way to access cannabis for treatment if you live in Maryland and have one of the qualifying conditions. The procedure is straightforward, and the benefits include statewide access to dispensaries, exemption from arrest and prosecution (in some cases), and access to more strains than non-cardholders.
When you’re ready to apply for your own Maryland cannabis card, keep this article in mind.
John DiBella is a medical marijuana advocate, owner of The Sanctuary Wellness Institute, and a writer. When he’s not writing blogs about medical marijuana, he enjoys hiking, camping and sailing.