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How to Get a Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

Step-by-Step Guide to Joining the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program

If you’re interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card in Maryland, Verilife is here to guide you through the process. Every medical-use state has its own program and set of regulations, so make sure to follow our Maryland-specific guide below.


Learn about the Maryland medical marijuana program with our guide.

Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Qualifications

Before you begin the medical cannabis application process in Maryland, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old OR a minor with an adult caregiver
  • A legal resident of Maryland with proof of residency
  • Suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions

Step 1: Create Your Registry Account

The first step in the medical cannabis application process in Maryland is to create a profile in the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Registry. You’ll need to have the following pieces of identification:

  • An electronic copy of a valid, government-issued ID with your current address*
  • Social Security Number
  • A passport-style photo taken within the last 30 days by a smartphone or a professional photographer
  • A credit card to pay the $25 application fee

Once you submit your online application, you will receive a verification email to the email address you provided on your application. You must click the verification link in the message to verify your email account. If this is not complete, your application will not be reviewed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

*If the address on your identification does not match your current address, you will need to submit additional proof of Maryland residency. You can find the list of acceptable documents on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website.

Step 2: Receive Medical Marijuana Application Approval

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will review your application and send you an email to let you know whether your application has been approved or denied. Make sure to save this email for your records and future reference as it contains your username and patient ID number.

Visit a Medical Cannabis Physician in Maryland

Bring your patient ID number to a provider who is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to obtain certification that you suffer from one of the serious medical conditions that qualify for medical cannabis use. You can find a list of registered providers here.

If you qualify, the healthcare professional will provide you with written certification, as well as upload your certification to your account using your patient ID number.

Step 4: Print Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

Once your healthcare provider uploads your certification, you will be able to print and use your temporary medical cannabis card. You will receive your permanent card in the mail.

Note: You must make a dispensary purchase within 120 days of receiving your certification or it will expire.

Step 5: Your First Maryland Dispensary Visit

As soon as you have your temporary medical cannabis card, you can visit any state-licensed dispensary in Maryland. There are a few things to know before making your first visit, so read our guide to make your experience as stress-free as possible.

Have questions? We’ve got answers

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge with medical marijuana, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly cannabis sales consultants are happy to talk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Maryland?

Patients who suffer from conditions like cachexia, chronic pain, or seizures may qualify for medical marijuana in Maryland. Visit the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website for a complete list of qualifying conditions.

How do I find a healthcare provider who can issue a certification for medical cannabis in Maryland?

Click here to find a healthcare provider who can issue a certification for medical cannabis in Maryland.

How do I register as a medical marijuana caregiver in Maryland?

All caregivers must be registered by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Click here for more information on how to register as a patient caregiver.

How long will it take to receive my medical marijuana card in Maryland?

The initial application review process can take several weeks to complete. Once your healthcare provider uploads your certification, you will be able to print your temporary card immediately.

How much does a medical cannabis card cost in Maryland?

Patients must pay a $25 application fee when creating their online account. This fee is non-refundable, even if your application is denied. There is also a $25 renewal fee when your card expires.

How much medical cannabis can I purchase during my dispensary visits in Maryland?

A patient and their designated caregiver may purchase up to a 30-day supply of dried flower and THC. This amount is dictated by the certifying physician.

Can I visit multiple Maryland dispensaries in one day?

There is no limit in Maryland to the number of dispensaries you can visit per day. However, dispensaries will have a record of how much medical cannabis a patient has purchased, and they will not dispense more than the state-allowed amount.

How do I need to renew my Maryland medical marijuana card? 

The Maryland medical cannabis program requires patients to renew their registration every six years. To renew, login to your online portal and access the renewal form.