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Apply for Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Online

  • A medical card can save you money on every marijuana purchase.
  • See a healthcare provider on your schedule.
  • Pay only $125 for your appointment — and get your money back if not approved!

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How to Get a Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Online

  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 $125 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 if you are approved. You must have your patient number before meeting with a physician.

  4. 4

    Get a Maryland MCA ID Card with the State of Maryland

    Get approved and receive your Maryland MCA ID Card in minutes.

    The state will email an e-version as soon as approved (this takes approximately three weeks). Please note that Leafwell will not be emailing or mailing you a certificate.

    As soon as 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.

Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Maryland

Adult-use cannabis sales in Maryland began on 7/1/23 but there are distinct advantages for patients who purchase cannabis with a medical card.

Tax Considerations

Medical cannabis patients in all fully legal states and U.S. territories pay lower sales tax on cannabis products than recreational users. Recreational users in Maryland are subject to a 9% sales and use tax while medical patients are exempt from the sales and use tax.

Higher Purchase Limits

Qualifying Maryland medical marijuana patients can purchase the following combined limit of cannabis products on a rolling 30-day basis (although a healthcare provider may certify a patient for more than this amount if deemed necessary):

  • Up to 120 grams (over 4 ounces) of dried cannabis flower; or
  • Up to 36 grams of THC (concentrates, edibles, and extracts)

When adult-use cannabis becomes legal on or after July 1, 2023, Marylanders 21 and older will only be allowed to purchase the following legally:

  • Up to 42.5 grams (1.5 ounces) of dried cannabis flower; or
  • Up to 12 grams of concentrated cannabis (vape products and extracts); or
  • Up to 750 milligrams of THC edibles

Eligibility Requirements

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.

See below for a complete list of qualifying conditions and step-by-step instructions for the Maryland medical marijuana card application process.

Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Maryland?

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).


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).

Caregivers serving minor patients must register with the Administration before registering the minor patient.

To register as a caregiver and receive your caregiver ID card, you must fill out an application form with the state. The nonrefundable fee for a caregiver application is $25.

Medical Conditions

According to the Maryland medical cannabis program, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Maryland:

Severe conditions where other medical treatments have been ineffective.

What You’ll Need

To apply for your Maryland medical marijuana card, you’ll need to gather the following (all documents must be dated within the past 90 days):

  • A valid, accessible email account
  • Social Security number
  • An electronic copy of a valid government-issued photo ID
  • Proof that the applicant lives in Maryland
  • An electronic copy of a clear, recent photograph of the applicant
  • $25 for the non-refundable state application fee

Acceptable forms of identification:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued photo ID card
  • Military ID
  • U.S. passport

If your ID is not a Maryland driver’s license, MVA ID card, or does not identify your current Maryland address, you must also provide two of the following documents to prove 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, Walmart, Target, etc.)
  • Residential rental contract (a lease or rental contract between a landlord and tenant that includes all signatures)
  • Selective Service card
  • Federal, state, or local government mail issued by the state of Maryland (e.g., 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)


Online consultation with one of Leafwell’s healthcare providers is $125. You will receive a full refund if you do not qualify for an MMJ card.

The state also charges a non-refundable $25 fee for patient and caregiver applications and renewals. Patient registrations are valid for six years; caregivers must renew every two years.

The $25 state application fee is waived for patients enrolled in the Maryland Medicaid Program and the VA Health Care Program, according to the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA).

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Maryland does not currently accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards. However, an out-of-state patient who maintains a residency in Maryland can register for a medical cannabis card.

If you are a resident of Maryland and are traveling out of the state, here is a list of states and territories that either have reciprocity or have adult-use programs in place:

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.

Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in MD

To find the closest licensed Maryland dispensary, check out the Maryland Cannabis Administration’s database and an interactive map of Maryland dispensaries here.


Adults 21 years and older can legally grow up to two cannabis plants in a single household, so long as they are out of public view. Medical patients over 21 can legally grow up to four cannabis plants in a single household.

Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws to Know

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

An online consultation with a licensed healthcare provider for a Maryland medical marijuana card costs $99 with Leafwell. Patients must also pay a separate $25 fee with their state application to the Maryland Cannabis Administration.

Here’s an overview of the fees:

  • $125 Initial certificate from Leafwell
  • $125 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.)

The consultation fee includes a 1-year certification, and you’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

*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?

There are four simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Maryland to obtain your medical marijuana card online:

  1. Before you see a physician in Maryland, you need to obtain a patient number from the Maryland Cannabis Administration. You’ll have to pay a $25 fee, but your registration is valid for six years.
  2. Create a Leafwell account using a valid email address and choose a password. You’ll then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to upload some ID. You will need to provide your MCA patient number. You will need a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a reliable internet connection and a working camera to be seen by a Leafwell provider.
  3. Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room, where you’ll be connected with a Leafwell provider for a video chat. During the video chat, the provider will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medical marijuana certification.
  4. Suppose you are approved for medical marijuana certification. In that case, your physician will confirm your status with the MCA, and you will receive an email with a temporary MCA ID, followed by the physical card. These allow you to purchase products from medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.

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.


  • 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.