Responsibilities of the Commission
The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) develops policies, procedures, and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner.
The Commission oversees all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Program. It provides relevant program information to patients, providers, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories, and caregivers.
Status of Medical Cannabis in MD
The Commission has issued pre-approvals and a few final licenses for companies to grow, process, and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland. Most pre-awardees are working through Stage 2 of the approval process, which includes criminal background investigations, completion of regulatory requirements, securing local zoning approvals, and facility construction.
As pre-approved companies complete Stage 2 regulatory requirements, commissioners will vote on final licenses in public meetings on a rolling basis. The MMCC anticipates medical cannabis in Maryland will be available to patients from a licensed dispensary in late 2017.
Status for Maryland Cannabis Patients
The MMCC patient registry opened in April 2017.
Any Maryland resident or non-Maryland resident who now lives in Maryland whose provider approves medical cannabis as a treatment option for a qualifying medical condition is eligible to register with the MMCC as a cannabis patient.
You can find qualifying medical conditions here.
Status of Maryland Cannabis for Providers
A provider must register with the MMCC as a "Certified Provider" in order to issue online certifications for medical cannabis to qualifying patients.
To register with the MMCC, a provider must have an active, unrestricted license in good standing with the Maryland State Board of Physicians and is actively registered to prescribe controlled substances in Maryland.
Once the requirements are met and the provider is registered, they may submit online written certifications to qualifying patients. These certifications are linked to the registered patient’s Commission-assigned number in the MMCC’s secure database.
With the completion of this registration process, providers can approve medical cannabis at any licensed dispensary in Maryland. The Maryland medical cannabis dispensary will access the MMCC’s secure database during a patient visit to confirm the providers certification before filling the medical cannabis request.
Note: A written certification must be used to purchase medical cannabis within 120 days of issuance. Otherwise, the written certification becomes null and void.