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The first step to getting medical marijuana is to register with MMCC as a patient. Individuals over the age of 18 must go to the MMCC website and fill out an online application. Minors must have at least one parent or legal guardian over the age of 21 listed on their account.
The guardian must first register with the MCCC as a caregiver before registering the child. To confirm the child's eligibility, additional forms must be completed and notarized.
Once you're eligible, you'll get a temporary ID card or a caregiver ID card that allows you to get marijuana right away. The agency's capacity for processing applications will determine when a permanent card is issued.
Patients or caregivers must then obtain certification from an MMCC-registered provider. Before a doctor can issue the certificate, you must first register with the MMCC.
A list of MMCC-registered providers is maintained by the Maryland State Medical Society. When scheduling an appointment, make sure that the provider is still enrolled with the MMCC.
Medical cannabis treatment must be approved by a provider who has a relationship with the patient. This means reviewing medical records, conducting an in-person assessment of the patient, keeping standardized records, planning to follow up with the patient, and revising the treatment plan as needed.
All medical marijuana providers in Maryland are eligible to register. However, this does not mean that all of them are MMCC members. If your current provider is not registered with the MMCC, you will need to seek advice from one who is.
You will provide your MMCC-issued patient ID number to the registered provider during your visit so that they can write the medical cannabis certification. This can be done via the MMCC's web-based portal.
You can obtain medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary once your provider's certification has been received, you've been enrolled in the state's patient registry, and you have your temporary or permanent patient ID card.
At the dispensary, you must present your MMCC ID card. Before filling your prescription, they will check the MMCC's database to see if your certification is on file. Medical marijuana patients in Maryland are only allowed to obtain 30 days' worth of medical cannabis at a time.
Medical marijuana is available in Maryland for a variety of medical conditions. It's crucial to talk to your doctor about your symptoms because some chronic ones that don't respond to medical treatment may qualify you for Maryland's medical marijuana program.
Some such conditions include:
Caregivers are individuals who are authorized to obtain medical marijuana on behalf of a specific medical cannabis patient and transport it for the patient's use. Individuals are allowed to care for up to five patients at a time.
The MMCC must have both the qualifying patient and the caregiver registered. As long as they're enrolled in the MMCC registry, family members, staff at skilled nursing facilities, and friends can all act as caregivers.
Maryland allows caregivers for patients over the age of 18 and mandates them for those under the age of 18. Individuals interested in becoming caregivers must be at least 21 years old, register online with the MMCC, and purchase a $50.00 ID card.
A minimum of one caregiver must register for minor patients. At least one caregiver must be listed on the account of the minor patient at all times.
Medical marijuana is only available to registered patients. A person can only possess a 30-day supply of marijuana from a licensed Maryland dispensary at a time. Marijuana must be purchased and kept in Maryland. On April 19, 2021, edible products were legalized.
Cultivation at home is not permitted.
You must be assessed in-person by an MMCC-registered provider who is licensed to prescribe cannabis. If your diagnosis is on Maryland's list of qualifying conditions, you can get a medical cannabis card.
To apply for a card, you must be a Maryland resident. A valid driver's license, state-issued photo ID, military ID, or United States passport with a Maryland address and a recent photo with a white background is required.
Patients must present two documents that are less than 90 days old if their form of ID does not list a home address or has a non-Maryland address. To establish residency, the documents must include both your name and your home address.
Currently, MDCC identification cards cost $50. They have a three-year validity period. Even if the patient is a minor, caregivers and patients must each obtain their own card. Although the MMJ card is valid for three years, you must renew your certification every year from an authorized provider.
Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington, D.C. currently have reciprocity with Maryland and accept the MMCC ID card.
However, because there is no federal standard, purchase limits and taxes will vary from state to state. If you are traveling, make sure to research the laws of the state you will be visiting.
Due to the current federal prohibition, you must also research relevant state laws if you plan to travel across state lines with medical marijuana.
Maryland has dispensaries all over the state. Currently, 102 suppliers are either active or in the process of registering. Before you go, make sure the dispensary is still registered with the MMCC.