standard-title Maryland Medical Marijuana

Maryland Medical Marijuana

Maryland Medical Marijuana

On April 08, 2014, House Bill 881, was approved by the House 125-11 and by the Senate 44-2. Governor Martin O’Malley signed the bill on April 14, 2014, effective June 01, 2014.

House Bill 881 tasked the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission, with developing regulations for a patient registry and identification cards, dispensary licensing, settling fees and possession limits. The Commission includes provisions to issue yearly requests for applications from academic medical centers, to operate medical marijuana compassionate use programs. 
HB 881 effectively removed all state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients who have been issued with a “written or oral recommendation”, by their primary care physician, stating that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana.”  


Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
WebsiteNatalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
“A Maryland patient can only obtain legal medical cannabis from Maryland-licensed dispensaries. The dispensaries can only obtain their cannabis from Maryland-licensed growers, and their extracts from Maryland-licensed processors… The Commission anticipates that medical cannabis may first be available to patients in the second half of 2016,” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), [Accessed June 26, 2015]  

The Maryland Patient Registry fee is to be determined by the Commission, during the initial rule making process. The Maryland Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.


The State of Maryland has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Maryland Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Maryland state guidelines. 
Since the Maryland medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Maryland medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Maryland medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Maryland medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Maryland’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Maryland. 

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Maryland’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”. 



Effectively June 01, 2016, the Commission may issue the number of dispensary licenses as necessary to see the demand of medical marijuana by Maryland patients and caregivers who have been issued identification cards.


Maryland medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to possess a “30-day supply”, an amount that is still to be determined by the Commission.



Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Maryland in our definitive guide of Maryland’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Maryland’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.


Read Maryland’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Maryland’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print Maryland’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into Maryland’s laws for his knowledge.


Find out how to obtain a{n} Maryland Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Maryland’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Maryland’s requirements.


Our list of Maryland Medical Marijuana Facts will help you seperate the facts from the myths in Maryland’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.