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Maryland Medical Marijuana Info for Doctors

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The potential benefits of medical marijuana are continuing to grow. And now, more and more patients are inquiring about the positive effects it can have on their life. As a provider, you play an important role in helping your patients experience a better quality of life—and our team is ready to assist.

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 Provider” with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

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Our team is available to give educational presentations to your practice to ensure that your team is comfortable recommending medical marijuana.

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How to register as a provider

Provider registration is an online process. The 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.

To complete the online registration form for provider, you will need:

  • A valid, accessible email account which you are comfortable using in relation to your Maryland Medical Cannabis account
  • Your Maryland Board of Physicians License Number (available from the Maryland Board of Physicians)
  • Your Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration Number (available from the Office of Controlled Substances Administration) 

Medical professional certification requirements

The requirements for issuing a written certification for medical marijuana 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.

The physician-patient relationship

Physicians are not “prescribing” medical marijuana. Instead, a physician is asked to certify that the patient has a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or is receiving treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes a qualifying condition and that a bona fide relationship has been established.  

Physicians should have a “bona fide” physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient.

A physician should be able to comfortably certify that the qualifying patient is under the physician’s care, either as the patient’s primary care physician or for their debilitating medical condition. 

Physicians may accept payment from a qualifying patient for the fee associated with the examination required before recommending medical marijuana.


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