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How to get a medical card in Maryland.

  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 $149 for an examination.

  3. 3

    Get Approved and Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    Once approved, our physician will submit the certificate to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission 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 MMCC ID Card with the State of Maryland

    Get approved and receive your Maryland MMCC 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 MMCC 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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Benefits of Getting a Maryland Medical Card

A valid medical cannabis certificate and medical marijuana card are the only way to consume cannabis in Maryland legally.

About Medical Marijuana in Maryland

During the COVID-19 pandemic, undergoing a medical marijuana consultation online with a Maryland-qualified physician became legal in MD. Now you can qualify for a medical marijuana card in Maryland online.

As recreational marijuana is illegal in Maryland, the only way to use cannabis legally is to apply for a Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) Identity Card. Unlike many other states, you must first register online before speaking to a physician to start your application process in Maryland.


How to qualify

You must be 18 to get a Maryland medical marijuana card for yourself. Caregivers must be 21 and apply on behalf of a minor patient, and minors must also have a pediatric subspecialist.

Out-of-state patients may apply for an MMJ Card in Maryland to receive medical treatment if they are in the state. You will need to provide proof of this upon application.

​Veterans can obtain medical cannabis similarly to other patients, but not from the Veterans Affairs health system. Veterans need to confirm through the Veteran Affairs office that they are permitted to use medical cannabis as part of their certified provider recommendation without consequence to their current position or health care system.

  1. Information for caregivers

    Caregivers must be 21 and apply on behalf of a minor patient, and minors must also have a pediatric subspecialist.


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.

Possession and Growing

Qualifying Maryland medical marijuana patients can possess the following amounts of cannabis:

  • Possession Limit (Flowers): Up to 120 grams over 30 days, although a physician may recommend more if necessary.
  • Possession Limit (Concentrates): Up to 36 grams of THC extract per month. Edibles are not sold in Maryland dispensaries.

Maryland medical marijuana patients cannot legally grow cannabis, even if they have a medical cannabis card.


Caregivers

Medical Marijuana patients in Maryland can have a caregiver.

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

Please note minor patients are permitted to have a maximum of two registered, designated caregivers assigned to their accounts at one time. One caregiver is identified and automatically assigned through the Minor Patient registration process.

Here is how you can become a caregiver for anyone over or under the age of 18 in Maryland:

  1. 01

    Complete and submit an online application.

    For patients over the age of 18, visit the One Stop Maryland website. For patients under the age of 18, click here.

  2. 02

    Verify your email address.

    You’ll receive a verification to the email address you provided on your application as soon as you have completed and submitted an online application form. You must click the verification link in the email message to verify your email account. Without performing this step, your application is incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Commission.

  3. 03

    MMCC will review completed applications.

    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, as well as your MMCC Caregiver ID Number.

  4. 04

    Designate a registered patient.

    Once your application has been approved, the patient must log in to their account and designate you as a caregiver in the Patient Registry. Please see the Designating an Adult Patient section on the Caregivers page ​for detailed instructions on designating a patient.

  5. 05

    Purchase an ID card.

    Once you have registered and received MMCC 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 MMCC, you are ready to purchase an ID card.

    ID cards are required, which means you must have one before purchasing medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary for any of your designated patients.  You can log into your Caregiver Registry account to purchase an ID card for a fee of $50; the fee for replacement cards is $100.

Reciprocity

Maryland does not currently recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards. However, people from out-of-state who feel that they would qualify for a Maryland medical marijuana certificate may apply for a medical cannabis card!

Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

  • Alaska ^
  • Arkansas *
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.

*Requires visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

^Has an adult-use program but does not accept out-of-state cards.

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Frequently asked questions in Maryland

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

    Medical marijuana certificate on its own = $149 at Leafwell

    State application fee = $50

    Renewal fee = $149

    Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

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

    In Maryland, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

    • Anorexia
    • Cachexia
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Pain
    • Epilepsy
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Glaucoma
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    • Persistent Muscle Spasms
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Severe, Chronic or Intractable Pain
    • Severe Nausea
    • Wasting Syndrome
    • Severe conditions where other medical treatments have been ineffective
    • A medical condition requiring hospice admittance or receiving palliative care
    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 Medical Cannabis Commission.
    2. Create a Leafwell account by using a valid email address and choosing 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 MMCC 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 medica marijuana certification.
    4. If you are approved for a medical marijuana certification, your physician will confirm your status with the MMCC and you will receive an email with a temporary MMCC ID, followed by the physical card. These allow you to purchase product 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 must be at least 21 years of age and are required to register with and purchase ID cards from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. The caregiver’s valid MMCC Caregiver ID card must be presented at a dispensary in order to purchase medical cannabis.

    To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

    1. You must fill out the appropriate caregiver form – there is a different application form for adults and children needing a caregiver. The registration process for Maryland caregivers can be seen here.
    2. After both the caregiver and the patient are registered, the patient must login to their account and designate a caregiver. Minors can have up to two caregivers.
    3. Caregiver registration is completed entirely online. The online application form must be completed and submitted in one session; you will not be able to save and complete the application at a later time.
    4. Pay for the application and, if approved, you will receive your caregivers medical marijuana identification card.
    How do I apply for the state program in Maryland?

    Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

    • An email from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission 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.

      • 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

    Getting Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

    1. Once you have been approved by Leafwell physician and provided them 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 Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC).
    2. MMCC 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 MMCC patient ID card. Your physical card, paid for when you first registered, will be mailed to you within 90 days.
    5. You can purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary using your temporary card, with ID, until the physical card arrives.

    Notes:

    • When purchasing medical cannabis at a licensed dispensary you will be required to present either your permanent or temporary MMCC ID card. The dispensary agent will verify your certification in the Commission’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 that is not used to purchase medical cannabis, at a licensed dispensary in the state of Maryland, within 120 days of issuance becomes null and void.