How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland
Medical marijuana has been legal in Maryland since 2014, with the passage of House Bill 881. Since the state began selling cannabis in late 2017, many residents with qualifying conditions have applied for a medical marijuana card to legally purchase these products.
With the right paperwork and a licensed physician available to evaluate your condition, registering for medical marijuana in Maryland is simple. Here’s your step-by-step guide to applying for your Maryland cannabis card.
Step 1: Register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commision
Unlike many other states, Maryland requires you to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) prior to visiting a physician for an evaluation. You will need to create an account on the MMCC registration portal, and provide the following pieces of information:
- Proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or a passport
- Two pieces of documentation that prove your Maryland residency, such as a utility bill, bank statement, or an MVA registration card
- An clear, electronic copy of a recent photograph
For a complete list of the documents you must provide and guidelines for your photograph and proof of residency, visit the MMCC website. After you create your account and submit an application, you will need to verify your email address to validate your account.
The MMCC will then review your application and inform you via email if they approve your application. This approval email will contain important information for your registration, so make sure to save it for your records.
Step 2: Obtain a Written Certification from an MMCC-Approved Physician
After completing your initial registration and receiving approval, you can now visit a licensed physician who can provide a written certification for medical cannabis use. Not every Maryland doctor qualifies -- you will need to visit a provider registered with the MMCC.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute can connect you with a physician with the appropriate credentials who can evaluate your qualifying condition. If your doctor approves you for cannabis use, you will receive a valid written certification.
Step 3: Complete Your MMCC Registration
Your doctor will ask for your Patient ID number provided in your MMCC approval email, and issue the certification through the MMCC’s online portal. With your certification on file, you can now complete your MMCC registration.
Simply log into your MMCC account, pay a $50 fee, and print your temporary MMCC ID card. Now, you can begin
Step 4: Purchase Medical Marijuana at a Licensed Dispensary
With your temporary MMCC ID in hand, you can purchase cannabis at any licensed dispensary operating within Maryland. When you visit a dispensary, the staff will ask you to present your MMCC ID card to verify your information in the state’s database.
You can purchase up to 30 days’ worth of medical marijuana at a time. In addition, you’ll need to begin purchasing cannabis within 120 days of receiving your certification, or it will become null and void.
Need Help Applying for Your MD Cannabis Card?
Maryland’s medical marijuana application process is straightforward, but there are many opportunities for unnecessary errors to occur and delay your application. Finding the right physician to evaluate your condition can be difficult, as can navigating the MMCC’s application system.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute can help. We advocate for the rights of medical marijuana patients by connecting clients with physicians who can provide the proper certification for a cannabis card.
Contact us today at (240) 232-6645 to schedule your evaluation with an MMCC-registered cannabis doctor.