The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) develops policies, procedures, and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner. The MMCC oversees all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, physicians, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.
The MMCC has issued pre-approvals for companies to grow, process, and dispense medical cannabis, however, no actual final licenses have been issued. The pre-awardees are currently working through Stage Two of the approval process, which includes undergoing criminal background investigations, completing regulatory requirements, securing local zoning approvals, as well as constructing their facilities. The Commissioners will vote on final licenses in public meetings, on a rolling basis, as pre-approved companies complete their regulatory requirements.
Patients: The Patient Registry will be open in April 2017. Any Maryland resident whose physician approves medical cannabis as a treatment option for a qualifying medical condition is eligible to register with the MMCC as a patient. Any non-Maryland resident currently living in Maryland for the purpose of receiving medical treatment is eligible to register as a patient, as well, and during registration, will be required to provide the address of and a contact name for the Maryland medical facility where the patient is receiving treatment. Qualifying medical conditions include cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
Physicians: A physician must register with the MMCC as a “Certifying Physician” to issue online certifications to patients for medical cannabis. Once registered, the physician may submit online written certifications, which will be linked to the registered patient’s Commission-assigned number in MMCC’s secure database. Patients will then be able to obtain medical cannabis at any licensed dispensary in Maryland by presenting their MMCC-issued ID card or another valid government-issued ID (i.e. driver’s license). A dispensary will have access to MMCC’s database to confirm a physician’s certification for a patient.
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