Maryland Cannabis Laws

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Legal status

  • Medical Program

Possession limits

  • Medical patients

    120 g flower36 g concentrate

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

State taxes

  • Medical patients

    0%

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

Cultivation

  • Cultivation is illegal
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Application process

To apply for a medical cannabis card in the state of Maryland

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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Table of contents

  1. Is cannabis legal in Maryland?
  2. What are the medical marijuana laws in Maryland?
  3. What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?
  4. How do I get certified for medical cannabis in Maryland?
  5. Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in Maryland?
  6. How much cannabis can I possess in Maryland with an MMJ Card?
  7. Is it legal to grow cannabis in Maryland?
  8. Does Maryland accept out-of-state cards?
  9. Will my Maryland card be accepted in other states?
  10. Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in Maryland?
  11. What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in Maryland?
  12. Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in Maryland?
  13. Where is it safe to consume marijuana in Maryland?

Maryland has legalized medical marijuana, but adult use of cannabis is otherwise prohibited for those without a valid MMJ certificate. Maryland has, however, decriminalized cannabis possession.


What are the medical marijuana laws in Maryland?

Medical cannabis:

2013

Governor O’Malley signed legislation that established a medical marijuana program in Maryland. The legislation restricts cannabis distribution to academic medical centers, which monitors patients.

2014

  • House Bill 881 – medical marijuana is legalized – Updated Statutory Provisions. Full, updated Maryland medical marijuana 2020 legislation here.
  • Under Maryland’s approach, physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, podiatrists and nurse midwives may certify patients as eligible for medical marijuana.
  • Several large health systems in the state, citing the federal law against marijuana, said they would bar their doctors from recommending medical marijuana, including LifeBridge Health and MedStar Health.
  • Defendants who cannot prove medical necessity at trial face a maximum penalty of $100. Defendants in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana are permitted to raise an affirmative defense to the possession charge if they can prove they suffer from a specific debilitating medical condition.

2016

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission awarded 15 preliminary licenses to grow medical marijuana (out of a pool of almost 150 applicants) and a further 15 licenses to process medical marijuana “into pills, oils and other medical products.”

2017

The medical program, known as the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), becomes operational.

2020

Gov. Hogan allowed HB 617/ SB 604, “Connor and Raina’s Law,” to become law without his signature. The bill allows for the administration of medical cannabis to students who are qualifying patients during school hours and school-sponsored events.

Recreational cannabis:

Recreational, adult-use marijuana is currently illegal in Maryland. However, legalization is looking to be a possibility, and could come as soon as next year. However, like with all recreational programs, expect delays in implementation.


What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?

The Maryland law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic, Severe or Intractable Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Nausea
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Severe conditions where other medical treatments have been ineffective
  • A medical condition requiring hospice admittance or receiving palliative care

How do I get certified for medical cannabis in Maryland?

With Leafwell, you can get your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card in 5 simple steps:

  1. Go to the Maryland Government page and complete your registration – Once complete, you will receive a patient number.
  2. Book an appointment with a certified, Maryland licensed physician – The consultation fee is $149 for an examination (subject to change). Please note that it is no longer possible to qualify for a medical marijuana certificate online in Maryland.
  3. Attend your appointment and get a medical cannabis certificate from a state-licensed physician – If you are approved, our physician will submit the certificate to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website using your patient number. You must have your patient number before meeting with a physician.
  4. Get approved and receive your Maryland MMCC ID Card in minutes – An e-version will be emailed to you by the state as soon as you are approved (this takes approximately 3 weeks). Please note that Leafwell will not be emailing or mailing you a certificate. As soon as you’ve received your MMCC ID Card, you can show at any Maryland licensed dispensary. You can use the e-copy while waiting for the physical version to arrive. The Maryland government will get the physical card to you within a month.

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Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in Maryland?

Yes, telemedicine is legal in Maryland and you can get certified for cannabis online.


How much cannabis can I possess in Maryland with an MMJ Card?

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


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


Does Maryland accept out-of-state cards?

Maryland does not have medical marijuana reciprocity, and so does not honor medical marijuana cards from other states.


Will my Maryland card be accepted in other states?

A Maryland medical marijuana card is recognized by some states with medical cannabis reciprocity.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C.

However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.

The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.

The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • West Virginia (cancer patients only)

Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in Maryland?

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.


What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in Maryland?

State law covering all medical marijuana products to be tested for heavy metals, hair, insects, molds and microbiological impurities.


Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in Maryland?

In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.


Where is it safe to consume marijuana in Maryland?

All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.

The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.