What are the qualifying conditions in the state of Maryland?
Any condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and if the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the medical use of Cannabis. In addition, if the patient has a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe loss of appetite, wasting, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms, or glaucoma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” Learn more at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website:
Meet with your physician to discuss the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of your condition. If the patient meets the physician’s criteria for treatment with medical cannabis, the physician will issue a written certification. Any licensed physician in good standing in Maryland can register with the Medical Cannabis Commission to issue certifications to qualify patients to obtain and use medical cannabis. Ask your primary care physician if she or he is registered, and discuss whether medical cannabis would benefit your medical condition. Learn more at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website:
Medical Cannabis became available in Maryland in Fall of 2017. Pure Life Wellness plans to open early 2018. As each dispensary is established and licensed, their locations will be posted on the MMCC website under “Dispensary Information.” Learn more at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website:
Can minors under the age of 18 become qualified as medical cannabis patients?
Children who meet their physician’s criteria for treatment can become legal patients in Maryland. However, children must have a parent or guardian serve as a caregiver. Learn more at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website:
I’m a veteran, can I qualify to use medical cannabis?
Veterans can obtain medical cannabis in the same way as other patients, but not from the Veterans Affairs health system. Veterans need to make sure that using medical cannabis will not disqualify them from Veterans Affairs health system procedures they might need. Learn more at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website:
Health insurers are not required to cover the cost of medical cannabis. Private health insurers are free under Maryland law to develop policies that will cover medical cannabis. Learn more at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website:
Medical cannabis will be available as flower as well as forms which can be vaporized, extracts, lotions, ointments, tinctures, etc. Some extracts can be added to foods at home. Edible cannabis products will not be available from dispensaries in Maryland. Our Patient Care Consultants can help educate you on choosing the best method of consumption for you.