Do I need to go to a special clinic to get a medical cannabis card?
No. Any licensed physician in good standing in Maryland can register with the Medical Cannabis Commission to issue certifications to qualified patients to obtain and use medical cannabis. Ask your primary care physician if she or he is registered, and discuss whether medical cannabis would benefit your medical condition.
How do I get a "written certification?"
A patient needs an in-person visit with a registered physician with whom the patient has a "bona fide physician-patient relationship." If the patient meets the physician's criteria for treatment with medical cannabis, the physician will issue a written certification. The physician records the written certification on the Commission's website.
What is a "bona fide physician-patient relationship"?
It means the physician has examined the patient, reviewed medical records, assessed the patient's medical history, maintains records on the patient, and will provide follow-up care to the patient as needed.
What do I do after I get the "written certification"?
The patient can go to any dispensary to pick up medical cannabis. Some dispensaries will deliver medical cannabis to the patient's home. The dispensary must check the Commission website to confirm that the patient has a "written certification" and confirm the patient's identity. The dispensary will record how much medical cannabis has been dispensed to the patient.
How long will it take to obtain a written certification?
After the doctor has examined the patient and the patient's records, the physician may issue the patient a written certification.
Do I need a patient ID card?
I am traveling and I want an ID card. Can I obtain one?
Yes. A patient ID card is optional. A patient ID card will cost $50.
How do I apply for a patient ID card?
You can request an ID card when your written certification or apply for one later.
I lost my patient ID card, or it was stolen or damaged.
There will be a process to apply for a replacement card. A replacement card will cost $100.
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