Are you a Provider with Questions?
Dr. Hoffman and our staff at Peninsula Alternative Health are able to assist any Maryland provider that may have questions about Maryland's Medical Cannabis Program or registration for alternative medicine.
General Information for Providers
In order to issue written certifications for medical cannabis to patients for treatment of a qualifying medical condition, you must register as a certified provider with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC).
Qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in Maryland include the following:
- Wasting Syndrome
- Severe Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic Pain
The requirements for issuing a written certification for medical cannabis in Maryland include the following:
- A bona fide 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 bona fide 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 issued, a certified provider may amend or revoke a patient’s written certification on any medical grounds, such as if the patient no longer meets the providers inclusion criteria or the patient meets the providers exclusion criteria. Examples of exclusion criteria include providers suspicion that the patient is abusing cannabis or diverting cannabis to others.
Who is eligible to register as a 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.
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, we recommend that providers view the Provider Frequently Asked Questions on the MMCC website.
Provider Registration Information
Provider registration is an online process.
The application form must be completed and submitted in one session, as you won’t be able to 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