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