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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Maryland is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps to obtain your medical cannabis card.
  1. 1

    Register Online With the State

    Go to the Maryland Government page and complete your registration.
    Once complete, you will receive a patient number.

  2. 2

    Register Online With Leafwell and Discuss Medical Marijuana With Your Doctor

    Book an appointment with a certified Maryland-licensed physician. The consultation fee is $99 for an examination.

  3. 3

    Get Approved and Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    Once approved, our physician will submit the certificate to the Maryland Cannabis Administration website using your patient number. You must have your patient number before meeting with a physician.

  4. 4

    Get a Maryland MCA ID Card

    Get approved and receive your Maryland MCA ID Card in minutes. The state will email an e-version as soon as you’re approved (this takes approximately three weeks).

    Please note that Leafwell will not be emailing or mailing you a certificate.
    Once you’ve received your MCA ID Card, you can show it at any Maryland-licensed dispensary.

    You can use the e-copy while waiting for the physical version to arrive, and the Maryland government will get the physical card to you within a month.

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    Adults aged 18 and up diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition may be eligible to apply for a Maryland MMJ card.

    First, register with the state and receive a patient number. Then, book a consultation with a state-licensed healthcare provider and get approved. With Leafwell, patients can complete this consultation online via telemedicine.

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    Caregiver

    Caregivers are authorized to purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries on behalf of qualified patients. Patients can designate a maximum of two caregivers at once, and caregivers may serve up to five registered patients.

    To become a medical cannabis caregiver in Maryland, you must be at least 21 or older, registered with the Maryland Cannabis Administration, and approved by the Administration to serve as a caregiver. Caregivers must possess an Administration-issued caregiver ID card (valid for two years).

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes. But for an individual under 18 to participate in Maryland’s medical cannabis program, the patient must always have at least one caregiver. Only a custodial parent or legal guardian may serve as a minor patient’s caregiver, according to the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA).

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Maryland MMJ card:

  • Medical Records (only required for minor patients)

    Medical records are optional for adult applicants but are required for minor patients.

  • Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    Once approved, your healthcare provider will submit your medical marijuana recommendation to the state so you can complete your application.

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    Proof of Identity

    The following are accepted forms of identification: Maryland-issued driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or a passport with proof of state residency. Out-of-state IDs are accepted with two proofs of Maryland residency.

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    Proof of Maryland Residency

    If the identification provided is NOT a Maryland-issued driver’s license, MVA ID card OR does not identify your current address, you must also provide two of the following documents as proof of current state residency:

    • MVA registration card or title
    • MVA change of address card
    • Utility, telephone, or cable/satellite TV bill
    • Bank account statement
    • Property tax bill
    • Mortgage statement or proof of home ownership (Deed, Title, Bill of Sale)
    • Major credit card bill (Visa, MasterCard, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.)
    • Residential rental contract (lease or rental contract between landlord and tenant, which ​includes all signatures).
    • Selective Service Card
    • Federal, state or local government mail issued by the state of Maryland (i.e., Social Security, social services)
    • Car insurance policy
    • Paystubs (dated within 90 days)
    • W-2 statements
    • State of Maryland Health Insurance issued documents (i.e., Medicaid, Medicare, Maryland Health Connection)

    Note: Documents must include the applicant’s name and address. Documents may not be from the same two agencies (i.e., two documents issued by MVA).

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Cost Information

Save more with Leafwell and get your money back if you’re not approved.

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Next Steps After Approval

Congratulations on getting your medical certification! You’re almost there, but there are a few more steps to complete to get your Maryland medical marijuana card. Let’s dive in!

  • Before You Start: What You’ll Need
    • A credit or debit card for payment
    • A valid photo ID
  • Download Temporary Card: Log into your OneStop account to download your temporary patient ID card within 90 days. You can order a physical card from the state that will be mailed to you.
  • Start Shopping: Legally purchase medical cannabis products from a licensed dispensary.
How to Renew Your Card
  1. Sign in to Leafwell or register as a renewal patient if you’re new to Leafwell.
  2. Speak to a Maryland-licensed provider online
  3. Get approved, and the Leafwell provider will update the state system with your renewal certificate.
    1. If your state card is still valid, nothing further is required.
    2. If your state card is expiring or expired, you must submit a renewal application online.
      1. Log into your existing MCA account and open a Renewal Form. Instructions can be found here.
      2. Follow the prompts and pay the state’s $25 fee.
      3. Receive a 90-day temporary card via email that can be used to purchase medicine until your physical card arrives in the mail.
Legal Topics

Below are a few need-to-know medical marijuana laws enforced in Maryland. Check out our Maryland law page for more in-depth coverage of the state’s laws.

  • Recreational cannabis sales became legal in Maryland on July 1, 2023, for adults 21 and over.
  • Patients cannot drive or operate other motor vehicles under the influence of cannabis.
  • Cannabis cultivation was legalized on July 1, 2023, allowing adults 21 and older to grow up to two plants, while medical patients may grow up to four.
Caregivers

A caregiver is a person who, once registered with the Maryland Cannabis Administration and in possession of a valid MCA Caregiver ID card, can purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary on behalf of their designated patient(s) and transport the legally obtained medical cannabis to the patient(s).

Minor patients must have at least one caregiver at all times and may have a maximum of two caregivers at any time. See the Minor Patients section for more information.

Requirements for Caregivers Serving Adult Patients (18 + years of age):

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of registration
  • Register with the Maryland Cannabis Administration. A patient must appoint a caregiver before registering (unless caring for a minor).
  • Receive approval from the MCA.
  • During registration, the caregiver must submit a valid, US government-issued photo ID and a clear, recent color photo.
  • Once approved by the MCA and designated as a caregiver for a patient with a valid written certification from a physician registered with the MCA, the caregiver will also be required to purchase an ID card from the MCA for a fee of $25.
  • A caregiver may serve a maximum of five registered patients at one time. A registered patient can have a maximum of two caregivers at once.

Requirements for Caregivers Serving Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age):

  • Be a parent or legal guardian of the minor patient
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of registration
  • Register with the Maryland Cannabis Administration
  • Receive approval from the Administration
  • In the case of a minor patient (under 18 years of age), only the minor patient’s parents or legal guardians, aged 21 years or older, are eligible to serve as caregivers. Minor patients’ caregivers must also submit valid, US government-issued photo IDs and clear, recent color photographs as part of the registration process.
  • Caregivers for minor patients must purchase ID cards from the Administration for a $25 fee.
  • Caregivers serving minor patients must register with the Administration before registering the minor patient.
Reciprocity

If you are a resident of Maryland and are traveling out of the state, here is a list of states and territories that have reciprocity:

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

The following states have legalized recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older but do not accept out-of-state cards:

FAQs

Check out our MD FAQ page for more frequently asked questions in Maryland.

How much does a Maryland Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a Maryland medical marijuana card costs $99 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation.

Patients will also pay a separate $25 fee to the Maryland Cannabis Administration.

Here’s an overview of the fees:

  • $99 Initial certificate from Leafwell
  • $99 Renewal certificate from Leafwell
  • $25 State registration fee*
    (State registration and card are valid for six years. However, the provider’s certification must be renewed annually.)

*State fees are not included with Leafwell fees and are paid directly to the state.

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Maryland online?

With Leafwell, applying for a Maryland medical marijuana card online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Apply to the Maryland Cannabis Administration and receive a patient ID number. Click here for detailed instructions.
  2. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Maryland-licensed healthcare provider online. Consultations cost $99 and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  3. Once approved, the provider will submit your certification directly to the state using your MCA patient ID number.
  4. Log into your OneStop account to download your temporary patient ID card within 90 days and legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary. You can order a physical card from the state that will be mailed out to you.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?
Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Maryland?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Maryland can have a caregiver. Caregivers will complete their own application and designate the patient under their care.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of registration.
  • Be a parent or legal guardian of the patient if they are a minor.
    • If you are a parent or legal guardian of a minor, you must complete your caregiver registration before registering the minor patient.
  • Register with the Maryland Cannabis Administration.
  • Receive approval from the MCA.
  • Purchase an ID card from the MCA for a fee of $25.

To apply as a caregiver for an adult patient, follow this process:

  1. Complete and submit an online application.
    1. Visit the Maryland Registry (​​​OneStop Portal) and click Create Account under the Caregivers heading.
  2. Verify your email address.
    1. As soon as you have completed and submitted an online application form, a verification email will be sent to the email address you provided on your application. You must click the verification link in the email message to verify your email account. Without performing this step, your application is not complete and will not be reviewed by the MCA.
    2. ​Completed applications will be reviewed by MCA and you will receive a follow up email advising whether or not your application has been approved. Please retain the approval email for your records. It contains your Username, which you will need to log in to the Caregiver registry (OneStop Portal), as well as your MCA Caregiver ID Number.
  3. Designate a registered patient.
    1. Once your application has been approved, either the patient can designate you as a caregiver in the Patient registry (OneStop Portal) or you can designate the patient using their patient ID number. For detailed instructions on how to designate a patient, please see the Designating an Adult Patient section on the Caregivers page​​.
  4. Purchase an ID card.
    1. Once you have registered and received MCA approval, designated (or have been designated a Caregiver by) a registered Patient, and at least one of your designated Patients has received a valid certification from a physician registered with MCA, you are ready to purchase an ID card.
    2. ID cards are required, which means you must have one before you can purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary for any of your designated patients.  You can log into your Caregiver registry (OneStop Portal) account to purchase an ID card for a fee of $25; the fee for replacement cards is $5​0.
  5. Once you have been approved and received a valid ID card, you are ready to visit a licensed Maryland dispensary to procure medical cannabis for your designated patient. You will need to bring your Caregiver ID Card, valid photo ID, and your patient’s Patient ID number.

State Resources:

How do I apply for the state program in Maryland?

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • An email from the Maryland Cannabis Administration confirming that your certification has been accepted
  • A debit or credit card
  • US-issued government ID – such as a state-issued driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport, or military ID.
  • (2) Proof of address, if identification provided is NOT a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID Card OR does not identify your current address – proof should be dated within 90 days
    • MVA registration card or title, or change of address card
    • Utility, telephone, or cable/satellite TV bill
    • Bank account statement
    • Property tax bill
    • Mortgage statement or proof of home ownership (Deed, Title, Bill of Sale)
    • Major credit card bill (Visa, MasterCard, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.)
    • Residential rental contract (lease or rental contract between landlord and tenant which ​includes all signatures)
    • Selective Service Card
    • Federal, state, or local government mail issued by the state of Maryland (ie. Social Security, social services)
    • Car insurance policy
    • Paystubs (dated within 90 days)
    • W-2 statements
    • State of Maryland Health Insurance issued documents (ie. Medicaid, Medicare, Maryland Health Connection)
  • An electronic, hi-res copy of a clear, recent photo of yourself – including your head and shoulders and against a plain, pale background

Getting Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

  1. Once you have been approved by Leafwell physician and provided with your Maryland patient number, our physician will submit your medical marijuana certification – you do not need to do anything – our physician will provide all supporting documentation on your behalf to the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA).
  2. MCA will review your application and the certification provided by Leafwell. They will email you once you have been approved.
  3. Log back into your existing state account at https://onestop.md.gov/users/sign_in
  4. Within this account, you can print your temporary MCA patient ID card. Your physical card, paid for when you first registered, will be mailed to you. Delivery times vary widely at this time. While the state claims to mail within 90 days, some patients wait up to eight months. Note: The State of Maryland charges $25 for your registration, valid for six years.
  5. You can purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary using your temporary card, with ID, until the physical card arrives. The state charges $50 to replace your card if you lose it.

Notes:

  • When purchasing medical cannabis at a licensed dispensary, you must present either your permanent or temporary MCA ID card. The dispensary agent will verify your certification in the Administration’s database before conducting any transaction.
  • You may only purchase and obtain a maximum of a thirty-day supply of medical cannabis at one time.

Important note: A certification not used to purchase medical cannabis, at a licensed dispensary in the state of Maryland, within 120 days of issuance becomes null and void.