Is Medical cannabis legal in Maryland?
Yes, medical cannabis is legal in Maryland. On April 14, 2014, Governor O'Malley signed House Bill 881 - better known as the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission - into law. The law permits qualifying patients to carry up to 120 g/4 oz of medical cannabis at once. House Bill 490, which revises the law, was signed by Governor Hogan on May 12, 2015.
The rules and regulations for the Commission went into effect on September 14, 2015.
How do I know if I qualify for medical cannabis?
Visiting a licensed physician is the best way to determine if you qualify for medical cannabis. However, the Commission does give broad guidelines on qualifying conditions. The following diseases/conditions will generally qualify:
• Severe, chronic, and/or debilitating conditions
• Conditions that require palliative care or hospice
• Conditions that cause:
1. Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome
2. Severe or chronic pain
3. Severe nausea
4. Seizures; or
5. Severe or persistent muscle spasms
• Severe conditions that have not improved with other treatments and that can reasonably be expected to improve with the use of medical cannabis
Which form of medical cannabis should I use?
Your physician can help you decide on the best treatment method for you. Dispensaries can sell cannabis in various forms, including but not limited to:
• Dried flowers
• Dermal Patches
Some patients prefer to eat cannabis rather than smoke it or vaporize it. Due to the difficulty in regulating food products, Maryland will not allow dispensaries to sell edible products containing cannabis. Patients may, however, make foods with cannabis at home using products bought from dispensaries, like oils or extracts.
What's the difference between cannabis and marijuana?
The difference is simply one of language. "Cannabis" is the correct scientific term. House Bill 881 was originally the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission, but House Bill 490 amended the law to change "marijuana" to "cannabis".
Can I get medical cannabis for my child?
Yes, parents are permitted to obtain medical cannabis for qualifying patients under the age of 18. The prescribing physician must name the caregiver in the written certification. Then, the caregiver is able to buy medical cannabis from a dispensary for the patient. One patient may have no more than two caregivers. Caregivers can request identification cards from the Commission, but ID cards are not necessary.