General Information for Medical Providers
In order to issue written certifications for medical cannabis for the treatment of a qualifying medical conditions, you must register as a certified provider with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC).
Who is eligible to register as a Medical Provider?
To register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, a provider must have an active, unrestricted license in good standing with the Maryland State Board of Physicians and be actively registered to prescribe controlled substances in Maryland.
Provider Registration Information
Provider registration is an online process. The application form must be completed and submitted in one session, you can not save and complete the application at a later time.
To complete the online registration form for providers, you need:
A valid, accessible email account
Your Maryland Board of Physicians License Number
Your Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration Number, available from the Office of Controlled Substances Administration
Once your registration has been confirmed, you can log into the Provider Registry to access your account and issue written certifications to patients registered with MMCC.
Your initial registration is valid for two (2) years or until your Maryland Board of Physicians license expires. Prior to expiration, you’ll be notified via email by the MMCC that your expiration date is approaching.
For more detailed questions, view the Provider Frequently Asked Questions on the MMCC website.
requirements for issuing written certifications for medical cannabis in Maryland:
A bonafide physician-patient relationship*
A severe patient condition
Ineffective traditional medical treatments
The expectation that the severe patient condition will be relieved by the use of medical cannabis
*Maryland law defines a bonafide 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.
Once a certification is issued, a certified provider may amend or revoke a patient’s certification on any medical grounds, such as if the patient no longer meets the provider’s inclusion or exclusion criteria. Examples of exclusion criteria include provider’s suspicion that the patient is abusing cannabis or distributing cannabis to others.
Are you a Provider with Questions?
Dr. Mary Pat Hoffman, PharmD, and our staff at Peninsula Alternative Health are able to assist any Maryland medical provider who may have questions about Maryland's Medical Cannabis Program or registration for alternative medicine.