On June 1, 2014, House Bill 881 went into effect in the state of Maryland. This bill allows for citizens of the state to finally issue medical marijuana cards to patients in need. The bill states very clearly that you must develop a long-standing relationship with your doctor before they can approve you for a medical marijuana recommendation. Patients in the medical marijuana program are allowed to possess a 30-day supply (the amount is to be determined by the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission).
To obtain a medical marijuana card in Maryland, you must be recommended by a physician who is certified to recommend cannabis as an alternative treatment option for your qualifying condition. Once you have been recommended by your physician, your application must be approved by the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Once this process is complete, you will receive your state-licensed medical marijuana card.
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Beginning June 1, 2016, the Commission may issue the number of dispensary licenses necessary to meet the demand for medical marijuana by qualifying patients and caregivers. Please enter your location in the search field above to find trusted, legal medical marijuana businesses in your area.
Last year Maryland saw several victories for marijuana policy reform. On April 14, 2014, the governor at the time signed legislation to remove criminal penalties the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Unfortunately, there have been many more recreational marijuana bills proposed in the state of Maryland in recent months, but the General Assembly has rejected them.
There are many people pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland. If/when this law does pass, citizens would need to be at least 21 years of age or older to purchase.
You currently cannot purchase recreational marijuana in Maryland. As of now, only medical marijuana patients can get their medicine at state-licensed dispensaries.
It is illegal to consume recreational marijuana in all public places including in cars, parks, concerts, federal land, etc. Patients with medical marijuana registry cards are allowed to consume their medicine in private and personal settings only.
As the law currently stands, you may not possess any recreational marijuana. Patients 21 and older with a valid medical marijuana card may possess their “30-day supply”.