Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the MMCC?
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.
+ Why was the MMCC Established?
The MMCC oversees all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, physicians, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.
+ How do I register for the MMCC?
In order to obtain a patient registry card with the MMCC, you must complete and submit the online application form on the MMCC Registry website.
Complete the online application form, uploading the requisite files. Once you receive a verification email approved by MMCC, you may do the following:
- Log in to the MMCC Patient Registry to select a caregiver; and
- Visit a registered physician to obtain a valid written certification.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
- 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).
+ Who are the qualified medical professionals?
A patient needs an in-person visit with a registered physician with whom the patient has a “bona fide physician-patient relationship”. If the patient meets the physician’s criteria for treatment with medical cannabis, the physician will issue a written certification; the physician records the written certification on the Commission’s database.
+ What do I do after receiving written certification?
The patient can go to any licensed dispensary to pick up medical cannabis. Some dispensaries will deliver medical cannabis to the patient’s home. The dispensary must check the Commission secure database to confirm that the patient has a “written certification” and confirm the patient’s identity. The dispensary will record how much medical cannabis has been dispensed to the patient.
+ How do I sign up with the MMCC?
The MMCC Patient Registry is available here. Once registered, a patient will go to a doctor who has registered with the Commission to obtain a "written certification".
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the MMCC?
No more than 120 grams — or approximately four ounces, unless a physician makes a special determination that a patient needs more.
+ What about Primary Caregivers Registered under the MMMP?
Caregivers are only appointed by patients. If a patient selects you to be a caregiver, you must register through the Commission’s Caregiver Registry, which is available here. Caregivers cannot care for more than five qualifying patients.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the MMCC website here.