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Talking to Your Doctor About Maryland Medical Marijuana

What you need to know before talking to your physician.

The Maryland Department of Health has expressed its commitment to the effective implementation of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

When talking to your physician, consider the following points:

  • Bring any available medical records you may have
  • Explain what you hope to gain from the use of medical marijuana
    • For example, do you want to restore appetite? 
    • Are you seeking to relieve pain, nausea, vomiting
 or other symptoms caused by your medical condition or the medications used to treat your medical condition?

  • Let your doctor know that you are aware of some
 of the side effects that may occur, such as dry mouth, dry or red eyes, headache, dizziness, drowsiness or anxiety
  • Be prepared to discuss with your doctor the benefits of medical marijuana versus the risks

  • Use professional language, such as “medical marijuana or medical cannabis.” Refrain from 
using slang terms such as “pot” or “weed”

Remind your doctor that he/she is not writing
 a prescription, but instead giving a written certification
  • This is a document dated and signed by a physician stating that there is a bona fide physician-patient relationship

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana Use?

Qualifying conditions vary state by state. See what qualifies in Maryland.


Ask your doctor if your use of the following medications should be adjusted with the use of medical marijuana:

  • Anticoagulants
  • Antiplatelets

  • Aspirin
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Dronabinol
  • Narcotics
  • Phenobarbital
  • Sedating anticholinergics

  • Sedative hypnotics
  • SSRI
  • TCA
  • Theophylline

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 his or her debilitating medical condition. 

Physicians may accept payment from a qualifying patient for the fee associated with the examination required before recommending medical marijuana.
However, physicians may not accept any remuneration for making a medical cannabis certification, nor can they accept any remuneration from any dispensary for such a recommendation.

Unlike other pharmaceuticals, physicians cannot “overprescribe” medical marijuana.
Physicians are not required to regulate dosage, strain or administration of medical cannabis. Under the law, qualifying patients are unable to procure unlimited amounts of medical marijuana.

This information is not a referral by a physician to a specific dispensary. This information is being provided by the dispensary for the education and support of the qualifying patient or designated caregiver. The choice of dispensary is the patient's alone. A dispensary may not accept referral of patients from a physician. Neither may a physician refer a qualifying patient to a dispensary.


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