Physicians

The Physician Registry is open and the Commission encourages physicians to register.


General Information for Physicians

In order to be able to issue written certifications for medical cannabis to patients for treatment of a qualifying medical condition, you must register as a “Certifying Physician” with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

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.

The requirements for issuing a written certification for medical cannabis are:

  • ​A “bona fide physician-patient relationship” with the patient
  • The patient’s condition must be severe
  • Other medical treatments must have proven ineffective for the patient’s condition, and
  • The symptoms must reasonably be expected to be relieved by the use of medical cannabis.

Maryland law defines a “bona fide physician-patient relationship” as a treatment or counseling relationship between a physician and patient in which the physician reviews the patient’s relevant medical records, completes an in person assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition, creates and maintains medically standardized records, expects to monitor patient program and takes any medically indicated action to follow up.

Once issued, a physician may amend or revoke a patient’s written certification on any medical grounds or if the patient no longer meets the physician’s inclusion criteria, or the patient now meets the physician’s exclusion criteria. Examples of exclusion criteria include suspicion on the part of the physician that the patient is abusing cannabis or diverting cannabis to others.

More information is available on the Physicians’ Frequently Asked Questions page.


Who is eligible to register as a Physician?

Any physician with an active, unrestricted license in good standing with the Maryland State Board of Physicians, and actively registered to prescribe controlled substances in Maryland, is eligible to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.


What is the process to Register as a Physician?​


 

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