Cannabis Laws in Maryland Cannabis Laws

Medical marijuana is legal in Maryland, but recreational cannabis is illegal. Non-medical possession of up to 10 grams (3⁄8 oz) is decriminalized in Maryland. Maryland has traditionally had a tough-on-cannabis stance, and in 2010, Maryland had the fifth-highest overall arrest rate for marijuana possession in the United States, with 409 arrests per 100,000 residents.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Maryland

Telehealth for Medical Cannabis Evaluations in Maryland

Telehealth is legal for online medical cannabis consultations and evaluations in Maryland. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Maryland

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Maryland

You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Maryland. Those aged under 18 can qualify as minors, but must have a caregiver, and they must be aged 21 or over. Minors can have up to two caregivers. You must fill out the appropriate caregiver form – there is a different application form for adults and children needing a caregiver. You will need to use the Maryland OneStop Portal.

Maryland does check the criminal records of those who are applying to be a caregiver. Criminal background checks are restricted to 7 years. The type of conviction may also determine whether you are eligible for caregiver duties, and in some circumstances some types of crime may exclude someone from being a caregiver.

House Bill 617, also known as ‘Conner and Raina’s Law’, permits either designated caregivers or designated school personnel to administer medical marijuana when at school.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Maryland

For medical card holders = Up to 120 grams of flower or 36 grams of THC concentrate over a 30-day period.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Maryland

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Maryland, even for medical marijuana ID card holders.

Medical Cannabis Qualification, Gun Laws and Convictions

It is not legal to possess a firearm and a medical marijuana card at the same time in Maryland.

Convictions do not necessarily preclude you from qualifying for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program, but the Commission may not register a person who has been convicted of a felony drug offense as a grower-agent.

Medical Cannabis and Employment Laws

Maryland’s medical cannabis law does state that any qualifying patient, caregiver, etc. “may not be” “denied any right or privilege” because of medical marijuana, so long as they are otherwise complying with the law. However, the employers may still test for cannabis and may take action against an employee who tests positive for cannabis, even if they are medical marijuana patients.

Local Cannabis Laws in Maryland

The Maryland Court of Appeals determined that “the mere odor of marijuana coupled with possession of what is clearly less than ten grams of marijuana, absent other circumstances,” is not sufficient probable cause for police to arrest and search a person within the state. This should apply in all jurisdictions in Maryland!