By: Paige Mirkin
With the increasing legality of marijuana in the state of Maryland, did you know you can become a medical patient? The steps to obtain your medical card are easy; let me guide you through how to get a medical marijuana card in Maryland.
MMCC is Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission. Before taking any further steps to get medical approval, you must submit an application through MMCC. Go to mmcc.maryland.gov to begin registering with the government. The application is basic information along with a photo and a $50 fee. MMCC will typically approve your application within the month of submission.
For patients 18 years and younger, you must also register a caregiver. Your caregiver can be a parent, trusted family member, or friend 21 and older. They will accompany you throughout your registration process and purchasing afterwards. The caregiver must register before the patient. Once the caregiver is registered, you may begin the minor’s application. We recommend the chosen caregiver become educated on how to get a medical marijuana card in Maryland so they understand the whole process.
2. OBTAIN A CERTIFICATION FROM A PROVIDER:
Once you receive your approval, you now must get a written certification from a provider who is registered with the MMCC. It is important that this step comes after being approved by the MMCC, because you will need your MMCC given ID to move forward. By law, the patient has to be evaluated by a provider who deems their qualifying condition worthy of a cannabis treatment plan. In order to prove your condition, past medical records and prescriptions are encouraged to bring to your appointment. After receiving the certification from the doctor, you are ready to purchase at any Maryland Medical dispensary!
Qualifying Conditions include:
cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another chronic medical condition which is severe and for which other treatments have been ineffective.
Examples of providers: (but there are many more!)
Green Health Docs: https://greenhealthdocs.com
Vitaly Stepensky: https://www.patientfirst.com/physicians/vitaly-stepensky
GreenLeaf Consultants: https://www.greenleafconsultants.org
3. VISIT A MARYLAND DISPENSARY:
Congratulations! You have made it to the final step which is purchasing your medical marijuana products. With your MMCC ID and written certification from your chosen provider, you will be given a temporary patient ID card until your permanent one arrives in the mail. Be sure to bring your patient ID card with you to all dispensaries.
As a bonus, Potomac Holistics offers 20% off for all first time patients! Come shop with us at:
14808 Physicians Lane
* Patients may only purchase and obtain a maximum of a thirty-day supply of medical cannabis at one time. Please note: A certification that is not used to purchase medical cannabis, at a licensed dispensary in the state of Maryland, within 120 days of issuance becomes null and void.