Maryland Medical Marijuana
In the state of Maryland, while the recreational use of cannabis is still illegal, the possession of under 10 grams or less has been decriminalized since 2014. Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Program has been in operation since December 1st, 2017. Governor Martin O’Malley signed legislation that established a Medical Marijuana Program in May of 2013 that restricts cannabis distribution to academic medical centers. By September 2016, more than 800 applications we’re submitted for review for prospective dispensaries.
Defendants who cannot prove medical necessity at trial face a maximum penalty of $100. Defendants in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana are permitted to raise an affirmative defense to the possession charge if they can prove they suffer from a specific debilitating medical condition.
What Is A Medical Marijuana Card?
A medical marijuana card is an identification card used by patients to be allowed to enter dispensaries to purchase marijuana to treat a medical condition. The cards are issued by the state, first requiring a signed recommendation from a licensed physician. Both the patient and the doctor need to agree that cannabis would be an effective, safe alternative to failed prescription medications. After approval from a doctor, the patient will apply and pay a fee through the state. After all these steps have been completed, it is just a matter of waiting for approval from the state for you MMID.
Benefits Of Having A Medical Marijuana Card
A Maryland marijuana card qualifies you to walk into any approved marijuana dispensary and purchase cannabis legally. With this card, you’ll benefit from the full protection of the law, which allows you to be in possession of a specific quantity of marijuana. Visit Marijuana Doctors for more details on how to obtain your medical marijuana card.