Maryland Medical Marijuana FAQs

If you're looking to learn more about either growing, processing, or opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland or becoming a patient or caregiver, here's a great place to start.

Browse through our frequently asked questions to get acquainted with the new rules, implications, and information you'll need to know.

There's a mess of information out there, we've tried to cut through the noise to bring you just what you need to know. We'll update the FAQs on an ongoing basis.

Who can be a medical patient in Maryland?
Anyone can become a medical patient in Maryland, provided you are having symptoms or are presenting a condition that medical marijuana has been approved for as treatment. Both minors and adults may be recommended treatment, but those under 21-years-old must have designated caregivers to buy and transport medicinal cannabis.

Additionally, the state permits both residents and nonresidents to become patients. Nonresidents will need to provide the name and address of the Maryland medical facility where the patient is receiving treatment.

Qualifying medical conditions include the following medical conditions, diseases, or treatments:

  • Terminal or end-of-life care
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome
  • Anorexia
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Persistent and severe muscle spasms

How do I become a medical patient in Maryland?
Becoming a medical marijuana patient is a straightforward process.

First, register with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission,

Registration Process for Adult Patients (18 + years of age)
Registration Process for Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age)​
Process to Legally Obtain Medical Cannabis in Maryland​

Next, meet with a certified physician. If medical marijuana is deemed an appropriate treatment for you, your physician will link your Commission-assigned number through the Commission's secure database, and issue an online certification for medical cannabis on your behalf. This process confirms you as a medical marijuana patient. Your physician will also need a written certification from your provider.

Once you're registered with the Commission, and have written certification, you're ready to purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary. Patients can purchase medical cannabis at any licensed dispensary in Maryland by presenting their ID card or a valid government-issued ID. Patient ID cards will be available on the Commission's Patient Registry, slated to open in the first quarter of 2017.

Medical marijuana patients can have up to two (2) registered caregivers. Caregivers must each have a valid MMCC Caregiver ID card which allows them to purchase and transport medical cannabis on behalf of designated patients. All patients under the age of 18 must have a designated caregiver for all purchases of marijuana or marijuana-infused products.

Where am I allowed to smoke?
The better question is where aren't you allowed to smoke? Registered patients are not permitted to smoke cannabis in any public place or while inside of any vehicle. Additionally, landlords may prohibit the smoking of cannabis in their lease terms, but may not prohibit medical use in edible or non-smoked forms. Beyond that, smoking in your home, on private land, in private buildings are all okay.

How much does marijuana cost in Maryland?
Specific pricing information is unavailable since Maryland has not yet opened an operational dispensary. However, that will be changing soon. The Baltimore Sun reported the first dispensary is hoping to open in November of 2017. Until then, browse other StickyGuide locations to get a ballpark estimate on how much your cannabis products may cost.

How much marijuana can I buy and possess in Maryland?
The MMCC determined each patient may purchase and possess up to a 30-day supply of cannabis, an amount the Commission has deemed sufficient to receive medicinal benefits. This 30-day supply can be defined by: as much as 120 grams of flower cannabis, or just over 4.25 ounces, or no more than 36 grams of THC.

Can I grow my own marijuana plants under the new law?
The short answer: No.
The long answer: Maybe. Only government-licensed growers may grow marijuana plants and the state is no longer accepting applications to become a licensed grower. Applications were accepted from September 28, 2015 through November 6, 2015, with Maryland receiving over 100 requests to become licensed growers, a subsect which were given pre-approval by the state. Currently, the state is no longer accepting applications and has not given notice of when applications will be re-opened.

How do I get a job in the marijuana industry in Maryland?
There are many ways to get jobs in cannabis industry, and the industry is expected to boom. Dispensaries and grow centers will be looking to build out employees to support their businesses. But first, know these things: to get a job in the marijuana industry you'll be required to register with the Commission, complete a background check and drug test, and renew your registration each year. Applicants must be 21 years old.

How will drug testing for medical marijuana patients be handled in Maryland?
It's unclear if medical patients will be protected from discrimination via drug testing, but employers will have jurisdiction into how they handle impairment on the job.

Can medical marijuana be delivered? Is that legal?
Absolutely. Delivery of medical marijuana will be legal once dispensary locations open.

How do you pay for marijuana at a dispensary?
Once dispensary locations begin to open doors to registered patients, it is expected sales will be done mostly in cash.

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