How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland

How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland

Even though small amounts of cannabis have been decriminalized, making small-amount possession a civil offense with a fine associated, recreational marijuana remains illegal in Maryland at the time of this writing. 

Receiving a medical marijuana certification in Maryland allows you to access legal Maryland dispensaries for medical marijuana that have been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions. Receiving a medical marijuana doctor certification through an appointment with Green Mind Physicians can put you on the path to healing – the application process is easier than you might think!

Doctor holding a marijuana leaf

Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland

The basic system for getting a medical marijuana card in Maryland begins with having an email account, a social security number, a government photo ID, and proof of residence in this state; the Medical Cannabis Commission has a list of accepted documentation, as well as the guidelines for the photo that will be on your card.

Minor patients who are under 18 years of age must follow a separate process, with a caregiver following the MMC’s Quick Reference for getting a minor patient set up with this documentation.

After that, the process focuses on getting you a medical marijuana doctor certification. This is a patient-provider relationship that verifies your condition through a medical marijuana appointment and confirms that medical marijuana is the treatment you need.  


Do I Have a Qualifying Medical Condition?

The state of Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission registers medical marijuana applications and gets you your ID and your medical marijuana card. To receive one, you must have a “provider-patient relationship” with your medical provider who has approved medical cannabis as your treatment option.

While a variety of medical conditions can qualify if they are severe or not responding to other kinds of treatments, some listed medical conditions that the Medical Cannabis Commission recognizes include:

  • Cachexia
  • Anorexia
  • Severe or Chronic Pain
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Applying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland

If you believe one of your diagnoses could benefit from applying for your medical marijuana card in Maryland, you can complete much of the process online. Get started today!

Step 1 – Make an Appointment With a Physician

To get started, make an appointment with Green Mind Physicians. We’re well-versed in the conditions and research on medical marijuana as a treatment, and we can help evaluate your condition. While any physician can help, our background and understanding of the process can make an online appointment for medical marijuana doctor certification quick and easy with us.

The Green Mind Physicians advantage is our familiarity with the research about the benefits of this medicinal plant as well as our understanding of its scientific impact. Not all doctors have delved into this research and so they may or may not know that your condition is considered one where medical cannabis could help. 

Finding a doctor who will lend a thoughtful ear and offer support is as easy as making an appointment to ask questions and share your medical history as it relates to your condition. 

After this appointment, you’ll share your MMCC-issued Patient ID Number (from your online application – we’ll get to that next!), and the doctor will issue your certification for medical cannabis online through a secure portal.


Step 2 – Apply Through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

Your application through the MMCC is really a registration process, sharing with the commission that you are a patient who could benefit from medical cannabis as a treatment. As mentioned earlier, the biggest elements you’ll need are clear electronic copies or photographs that meet the requirements. Getting the patient ID card costs $50, but there are ways to use additional documentation to get this fee waived if you have VA status or Medicaid insurance. You’ll just need to submit the appropriate documents to prove it. 


Step 3 – Print Your Temporary Card 

While your fee will qualify you to receive a sturdier card in the mail, you can print your temporary Patient ID card immediately after your doctor completes the medical marijuana doctor certification. 

You can visit any of the licensed Maryland dispensaries in order to use your medical cannabis card. Be aware, however, that you’ll need to purchase only a 30-day supply of medical cannabis at a time.


Step 4 – Visit a Maryland Dispensary Within 120 Days To Get Started

If you complete the certification and don’t use it at a licensed Maryland dispensary for about 4 months, 120 days, it will be revoked and you’ll have to go through the process again. Make everything easier on yourself by only obtaining your certification when you are certain that you will want to purchase medical cannabis for your condition within that time frame. Now get started!


Benefits of Medical Marijuana Appointments Through Green Mind

Medical marijuana provides incredible health benefits to people with underlying medical conditions, often conditions that don’t respond well to other treatments. 

There are many options for getting a medical marijuana appointment, like Veriheal, but we at Green Mind Physicians believe we’ve created a patient experience that cannot be beat. Our costs are affordable, our telemedicine offerings make everything very convenient, and we run promotions to make sure that no one goes without this needed treatment. For instance, sending proof of reduced income helps us to generate a discounted code for your appointment – this is the kind of personalized service you won’t find anywhere else.

What’s more, is that we provide long-term support. We know that medical marijuana legislation changes and people move to new places, but trust that we’re here to support you throughout your health journey. We stay on top of the medical cannabis industry news and can help you make sense of any questions you have.

Remember all the benefits that come with receiving a marijuana certification: the purchase process is easier and is legalized in Maryland, you don’t have to pay sales tax, and the variety and options available in Maryland’s licensed dispensaries are high-quality and give you what you need from your experience. Getting a medical marijuana card is the way to go when your condition would benefit from cannabis use!