Effective April 20, 2021, patient and caregiver identification cards will no longer include a photograph of the patient or caregiver. A valid photo (with a white background) is still required for the application process and dispensary verification. All previously issued patient and caregiver registration cards that include a photograph of the patient or caregiver will remain valid until the listed expiration date. A valid government issued photo ID (ex. State issued Driver's License or State issued Identification Card, Passport, or Military ID) and an MMCC patient or caregiver identification card is needed to make purchases at the dispensaries.
Who is eligible to register as a Patient?
Any individual who lives in the state of Maryland whose provider recommends medical cannabis as a treatment option for a qualifying medical condition is eligible to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) as a patient. Qualifying medical conditions include cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another chronic medical condition which is severe and for which other treatments have been ineffective.
A registered patient is permitted to identify a maximum of two individuals, aged 21 years or older, to serve as caregivers. Caregivers are required to register with and purchase ID cards from the Commission. Registered caregivers in possession of a
valid MMCC Caregiver ID card are able to purchase medical cannabis on behalf of their designated patients from licensed Maryland dispensaries and transport the legally obtained medical cannabis to their designated patients. Detailed information regarding caregiver requirements and the caregiver registration process is available on the Caregivers
Please note: Minor
patients (under the age of 18) are required to have
at least one caregiver at all times, who is a parent or guardian of the minor.
A minor patient may have up to four caregivers, two of whom are a
parent/guardian, and two additional adults over the age of 21 designated by a
parent or guardian.
How can I register as a Patient?
While the registration processes and requirements differ for adult and minor patients, both are completed 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 and the appropriate guidance documents to ensure you are prepared to complete the entire application before beginning the process.
Patients in hospice care may elect to submit a letter from the attending hospice physician in lieu of a recent photo. The letter must be from the Attending of Hospice Record (AOHR) physician on hospice letterhead stating that the patient is a hospice patient under his or her care. It may be uploaded in either .jpg or .pdf format.
**For new submitted applications and renewals, the $50 fee is non-refundable.**
Rules for Purchasing Limits
At this time, the cost of medical cannabis is not reimbursable by any private or public insurance plan, Medicare or Medicaid, or through Veterans' covered plans.
Maryland residents should be aware that transporting cannabis across state lines is a federal offense.