The year 2014 was a historic year for the state of Maryland. House Bill 881 was passed back then which laid the foundation of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC). Over the years, the state updated its cannabis laws, making them more beneficial for both adult and minor qualifying patients. However, the state does have some additional eligibility requirements set for patients who are not yet 18 and applying for a medical marijuana card.
Eligibility requirements for a medical marijuana card in Maryland
The eligibility requirements for a medical marijuana card in Maryland are quite standard. You must be a resident of the state, have a valid medical marijuana recommendation, and have a clear criminal background. Patients who are not yet 18 can apply for a Maryland medical marijuana card if they are accompanied by a designated caregiver. It is important to note that either one of the parents or legal guardians can act as the patientâs caregiver.
Qualifying medical conditions
As per the state law, a patient must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying medical conditions in order to be marked eligible for a Maryland medical marijuana card,
- Chronic Pain (Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain)
- Muscle Spasms
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Palliative Care (Admittance Into Hospice)
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What exactly is a caregiver?
A caregiver is an individual who aids the designated patients with marijuana possession and purchase. Each patient is allowed to have up to two caregivers while one caregiver can attend up to five patients, as per the state law. However, it is important to note that the caregivers must register themselves before registering the patient.
Medical Marijuana Laws for minors in Maryland
The medical marijuana laws are similar for both qualifying adult and minor patients within the state. Some of the key points of these laws include,
- Starting from July 1, 2023, recreational cannabis is now legal in Maryland.
- Driving under the influence of cannabis or consuming cannabis while driving is illegal.
- Medical marijuana patients can grow up to four cannabis plants while recreational cannabis users can grow up to two cannabis plants.
Quite recently, the state of Maryland has upgraded its cannabis laws, not only allowing recreational cannabis use but also expanding the existing caregiver network. This shows the stateâs commitment to a future-oriented policy.