Maryland Medical Card: A Quick And Dirty Guide

Jun, 2021
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Since medical marijuana (MMJ) is entirely legal in Maryland, getting a Maryland medical card can be speedy and totally hassle-free — if you know where to start, that is. 

To get your hands on your own Maryland medical card, you just have to walk through a few simple steps. But, don’t worry: we at Elevate Holistics are here to help you through the process. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about getting medical cannabis in Maryland, rules and regulations, and so much more. Let’s begin!

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Maryland, USA

About Medical Marijuana in Maryland

The first open advocacy for the decriminalization of marijuana in Maryland was by Kurt Schoke, a Baltimore City mayor in the 1980s. During that period, the then-mayor suggested the decriminalization of marijuana as a way to end the war on drugs.

About 30 years later, in 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley brought this vision partly into fruition by signing the Natalie M. LaParade Medical Marijuana Commission Legislation. The state put the legislation in place to implement and administer the program for the compassionate medical use of cannabis (marijuana) in Maryland.

Eventually, MMJ became fully legalized in Maryland in 2017 when the Natalie M. LaParade Medical Marijuana Cannabis Commission finally became operational.

How To Get A Maryland Medical Card

Step 1

Register as a patient with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC): Fill and submit your application form via the MMCC Registry website. Next, confirm your email address by clicking the verification link sent after submission.

Step 2

Check for an approval email: If your application is approved, you will get a mail a few days after applying.

Step 3

Procure a written certification from a provider (doctor) registered with MMCC: The doctor will need your patient ID number, which you can find in your approval mail to issue a certification.

Step 4

Print out a temporary patient ID card. This will grant you access to all dispensaries within the state. Your physical MMJ card will later be mailed to you by the MMCC in approximately four weeks.

Turning To Elevate Holistics

Before we continue teaching you how to get a Maryland medical card, we want to make sure you feel safe with Elevate Holistics’ services. Not only do we provide a clear path for your medical marijuana process, but we also work with you through every step. Here’s a snippet from our ‘Is Elevate Holistics legit’ article to do the convincing for us.

“Elevate Holistics goes the extra mile to ensure all of our physicians are licensed to practice in your state. We work directly with doctors in multiple states across the country, performing diligently to expand our network every day and make you feel confident. The medical cannabis industry might feel so complicated and often overwhelming, but we promise to make it easy. The only way we can truly prove that to you, though, is for you to try our services for yourself.”

Still need a little more convincing? Feel free to explore our other services, read our blog posts and testimonials to learn more about us.

Qualifying Conditions

Contrary to other states, Maryland has lenient qualifying conditions for procuring a medical card. According to MMCC, the current 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 that is severe and for which other treatments have been ineffective.

How To Become A Patient

Maryland’s medical cannabis program is easy to join. All you need to do is register online with the MMCC, check for an approval email, and obtain a provider’s certification. If you’re interested in seeing a more detailed, in-depth guide, check out our How-To page

(Ps. We provide specific telehealth services to get you on track for medical cannabis in Maryland. Book your appointment on our website!)

How To Become A Caregiver

In Maryland, only people registered with the MMCC and have a valid MMCC ID card can be caregivers. First, you register on the MMCC Registry website. Next, you’ll wait for an approval email. Then, you need to purchase the $50 MMCC caregiver ID card. (This step is compulsory for caregivers.) Ensure you have all required documents ready for upload as you may only complete the application form in one sitting.

Once you’ve done this, all that’s left to do is start shopping on behalf of your patient. 

If You’re Not Sure You Have A Condition

If you’re unsure if your condition could benefit from marijuana treatment, don’t even worry. Here at Elevate Holistics, we have licensed and friendly doctors who you can consult for proper diagnosis, evaluation, and recommendations. 

At the end of the day, we want you to enjoy MMJ as much as you do. That’s why we do everything in our power to ensure you qualify for your Maryland medical card. If you’re on the fence about your qualifying conditions, come to us and we’ll give you reassurance. 

Not sure you qualify for a MMJ card?

If You Have Kids

Having children and having an MMJ card can be a tricky relationship. If you have young ones in the household, you must keep all marijuana medications and edibles out of your child’s or children’s reach. In the event that someone reports you for using the drug in a way that negatively affects the child, the Division of Family Services (DFS) will act based on what is best for the child without respect to your status as an MMJ patient.

If you smoke and have kiddos, you must always be as safe and cautious as possible. Do not consume your projects near or around your children, and ensure they cannot access these products when you’re not around. Do not smell like marijuana when driving with your children, dropping them off at school, etc. Make sure you’re always in a sound mind when with your kids, and you should be just fine to enjoy your MMJ on your own time.

If You’re On Probation

It is illegal to use MMJ while under probation, but depending on the situation, you may be permitted. Your probation officer, case manager, or correctional supervisor may allow you to consume medical cannabis, but it largely depends on your background and behavior up to this point. 

To receive such authorization, you will have to apply for an MMCC ID card first. Although it is possible to get permission to use MMJ while on parole, such situations are quite rare. It’s worth a shot! 

Home Cultivation of Marijuana in Maryland

Unlike some other states in the US, Maryland does not permit at-home cultivation of marijuana by caregivers or patients. Only state-licensed growers may plant marijuana. Any other person will be subject to a felony charge regardless of the quantity planted. 

So, even if you have a Maryland medical card, you simply cannot cultivate plants at home. 

Possession Limits

Medical cannabis in Maryland is legal for qualifying patients, but that doesn’t mean you can purchase and possess as much weed as you want. Just like all states across the US, Maryland has specific possession limits for customers and patients. Maryland medical card patients may possess, at most, 120 grams of cannabis or cannabis product in 30 days. This number will only vary if your physician feels the current dose is inadequate for treatment.

On the other hand, possession of 10 grams or less of cannabis for recreational use is a civil offense that attracts a fine, and possessing over 10 grams is punishable by incarceration. While Maryland may vote to legalize recreational cannabis soon, right now, MMJ is the only legal type of cannabis  you can possess. 

Maryland MMJ and Gun Rights

Owning a gun as an MMJ patient is incredibly challenging, no matter what state you’re in. Since marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, the Federal Gun Control Act dictates that it is illegal to use a controlled substance and possess firearms. However, on state levels, many regions do not care if you are a gun owner and MMJ cardholder. 

In the case of Maryland, the state strictly follows federal law and dictates that the two cannot be possessed together. 

Now it’s Time to Get Started!

Take a deep breath: you are now well on your way to getting your Maryland medical card! Start your process quickly by booking an appointment straight from our website and getting a jumpstart on your health and wellness. Our doctors will guide you on your journey to medical cannabis, assist you with any issues and provide answers to any questions you may have.

So, what’re you waiting for? Book an appointment and get your hands on your own Maryland medical card today.