Caregivers

What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is a person who, once registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and in possession of a valid MMCC Caregiver ID card, is able to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary on behalf of his or her designated patient(s) and transport the legally obtained medical cannabis to the patient(s). Once registered, a caregiver may serve a maximum of five registered patients at one time.

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.

A registered patient is permitted to have a maximum of two caregivers at one time. Minor patients (under the age of 18) are required to have at least one caregiver at all times. Only parents and legal guardians of minor patients are eligible to serve as their caregivers.

 

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

To be eligible for designation as a caregiver for a registered patient, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of registration
  • Register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
  • Receive approval from the Commission
  • Purchase an ID card from the Commission for a fee of $50 (Caregiver ID cards are required.)

During the registration process, the caregiver will need to submit a valid, US government-issued photo ID and a clear, recent color photo. Once approved by the Commission and designated a caregiver for a patient with a valid written certification from a physician registered with MMCC, the caregiver will also be required to purchase an ID card from MMCC for a fee of $50.

 

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

To be eligible for designation as a caregiver for a registered minor patient, you must:

  • 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 Medical Cannabis Commission
  • Receive approval from the Commission
  • Purchase an ID card from the Commission for a fee of $50 (Caregiver ID cards are required.)

In the case of a minor patient (under 18 years of age), only the minor patient’s parents or legal guardians, themselves aged 21 years or older, are eligible to serve as caregivers. Minor patients’ caregivers will also be required to submit valid, US government-issued photo IDs and clear, recent color photographs as part of the registration process. Caregivers for minor patients are also required to purchase ID cards from the Commission for a $50 fee.

Minor patients are required to have at least one caregiver at all times and may have a maximum of two caregivers at any time. Additionally, caregivers serving minor patients must register with the Commission prior to registering the minor patient.

 

How can I register as a Caregiver?

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.

It is essential that you have the required information and documents in an electronic format ready for upload before starting the application process. Please carefully review the requirements below as well as the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents to ensure you are prepared to complete the entire application before beginning the process.

​Registration Process for Caregivers serving Adult Patients (18+ years of age)

Registration Process for Caregivers serving Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age)​

 

Designating an​ Adult Patient

After both the caregiver and the patient are registered, you can designate the patient in your Caregiver Registry account; this identifies you as a caregiver for that patient in the registry. To designate a patient, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the MMCC Registry website​.
  2. Under the Caregivers heading, click the Sign In link.
  3. Log in to your Caregiver Registry account with the username and password you created during registration.
  4. Once logged in, click the Add/Remove Patient tab along the top of the page.
  5. Enter the patient’s ID Number into the MMCC Patient ID Number field, then click the Search Approved Patients button. The search result displays in the table below.
  6. Click the Add this Patient button to designate the patient displayed in the search result table as your patient.

 

Additional Caregiv​ers for Minor Patients

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.

To add a second caregiver for a minor patient, please contact the Commission at dhmh.mmccpatientcaregiver@maryland.gov. Due to the additional documentation required for caregivers serving minor patients, additional caregivers for minor patients may not be added via the online registry system.

Likewise, a caregiver may not remove a minor patient from his or her registry account. To cancel a designation between a minor patient and a caregiver, the minor patient may remove the caregiver from his or her registry account or the caregiver can contact MMCC at dhmh.mmccpatientcaregiver@maryland.gov​ to request that the designation be removed.

 

 

Registration Questions?
Call 1-844-421-2571

​​​​​