This link below is a video that will provide you with step by step instructions to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
Overview Of What's Needed
Step 1: Submit Application / Purchase ID Card
You must have a valid, accessible email account. Complete and submit the online application form on the MMCC Registry website. If you have any problems with registering, please reference the link above for a video of step by step instructions. Once the MMCC approves your application, you will be sent a patient ID number.
Note: You will need to pay a $50 charge for a Medical Cannabis ID card, which will be valid for 3 years.
Step 2: Obtain Certification
Medical cannabis cannot be purchased without a valid written certification from a provider registered with the MMCC. Certifications are valid for a maximum of one year. To obtain your certification, you will take your MMCC patient ID number and medical information to a registered physician. The physician will provide you with a written certification.
Please note: If you do not purchase medical cannabis within 120 days of issue, the certification expires and you will need to obtain a new certification from your provider.
Step 3: Visit Dispensary
After your registration has been approved by MMCC and your provider has issued you a valid written certification, you are ready to visit a licensed Maryland dispensary to purchase medical cannabis.
Process to Register as an Adult Patient (18+ years of age)
Follow the process defined below to register as an adult patient.
- Gather the required files and information. As part of the online application for adult patients, you will need:
- A valid, accessible email account which you are comfortable using in relation to your Maryland Medical Cannabis account. The Commission will use this email address as the principal means of communication with you regarding your account and its status.
- The last four digits of the patient's Social Security Number
- An electronic copy of a valid US government-issued photo ID and proof of Maryland address or treatment at a Maryland medical facility. The file may be either a PDF or image file (.jpg) and no larger than 3 MB in size.
Maryland Residents must provide:
Acceptable forms of identification:
- Driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card (both front and back)
- Military ID
If the identification you provide is not a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card, OR does not identify your current residential address, you must also provide two (2) of the following source documents as proof of your current Maryland address.
- Must include the applicant's name and residence address.
- May not be from the same business, company or agency.
- Must reflect an issuance date within the previous 90 days.
- MVA Change of Address card
- Maryland vehicle registration card or title;
- Utility, telephone or cable/satellite TV bill;
- Checking or savings account statement;
- Property tax bill or receipt;
- Mortgage account or proof of home ownership (Deed, Title, Bill of Sale or Statement from Maryland Assessment and Taxation);
- Residential rental contract (apartment lease or other rental of real property)(current formal contract or agreement between landlord and tenant which includes all signatures);
- First class or priority mail from a federal, state or local government agency to include the contents and envelope;
- Installment contract from a bank or other financial institution;
- Major credit card and Department/Retail store credit card bills (Wal-Mart, Sears, Lowe's, Exxon, etc);
- Residential service contract (refers to services performed at the address of residence; for example, cable or satellite television, TV repairs, lawn service or exterminator contract);
- Selective Service Card.
- Car insurance card or policy
- Recent voter registration card
An electronic copy of a clear, recent photograph. We strongly recommend using a free, highly-rated passport photo app widely available for download via the App Store, Google Play Store or anywhere apps are available.
Generally, the photo should look like a driver’s license or passport photo. Specifically, it must be a clear, color photo of the patient’s unobscured face taken within the last six months to reflect the patient’s current appearance and feature a plain white or off-white background. The patient must be clothed, directly facing the camera with both eyes open and should have either a neutral facial expression or a natural smile. The patient must not be wearing a hat, head covering, sunglasses or dark glasses.
The file must be an image file (.jpg) no larger than 3 MB in size and may not be digitally enhanced or altered in a way that changes the patient’s appearance.
If your photo does not meet the stated guidelines, your application will be returned.
For more examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos, visit the Passport Photos page of the US Department of State website. NOTE: Please do not use the photo cropping tool on the Passport Photos page; simply view the photos provided as samples of what is and is not acceptable.
Patients in hospice care may elect to submit a letter from the attending hospice physician in lieu of a recent photo. The letter must be from the Attending of Hospice Record (AOHR) physician on hospice letterhead stating that the patient is a hospice patient under his or her care. It may be uploaded in either .jpg or .pdf format.
- Complete and submit an online application. Visit the MMCC Registry websiteand click Create Account under the Patients heading.
- Verify your email address. As soon as you have completed and submitted an online application form, a verification email will be sent to the email address you provided on your application. You mustclick the verification link in the email message to verify your email account. Without performing this step, your application is not complete and will not be reviewed by the Commission.
Completed applications will be reviewed by MMCC and you will receive a follow up email advising whether or not your application has been approved. Please retain the approval email for your records. It contains your Username, which you will need to log in to the Patient Registry, as well as your MMCC Patient ID Number, which your physician will need to issue your written certification for medical cannabis. Once you have a written certification, you will also need to provide your Patient ID Number when visiting a licensed dispensary to purchase medical cannabis.
- OPTIONAL: Designate a Caregiver. Once your application has been approved, you can log into the Patient Registry to access your account and designate a caregiver (on the Add/Remove Caregiver tab). Please note that the caregiver must be registered (submitted an application and received MMCC approval) prior to being designated.
After receiving MMCC approval, you are ready to visit a provider registered with MMCC to obtain a valid certification. Once fully registered and in possession of a valid certification, you will be able to print your temporary MMCC patient ID card, this will be required to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary.
Please be sure to have your MMCC Patient ID Number with you when you visit your provider and the dispensary.
Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age):
Minor patients are required to have at least one caregiver assigned to their accounts at all times. Only parents or legal guardians 21 years of age and older are eligible to serve as caregivers for minor patients.
Caregivers must register with the Commission prior to registering the minor patient. Registering a minor patient requires additional forms, one of which must be notarized, so please review carefully the requirements in the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents for registering a minor patient.