Status: In Maryland, all individuals with a legal prescription may possess and use medical marijuana. State licensed businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense medical marijuana.
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Number of Maryland Licenses Available
The History of Maryland Marijuana
Maryland Governor signed twin bills HB 991 and SB 923 on April 14, 2014, legalizing medical cannabis in the state of Maryland. The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is responsible for regulating the state’s medical cannabis program. Three different types of business licenses were available to apply for – dispensing, growing and processing medical cannabis. The application submission deadline was on Nov 6th, 2015. License awardees are expected to be announced by Summer of 2016 and the state should expect medical cannabis to be accessible to patients by late of 2016.
Qualifying Medical Conditions: A patient can qualify if he or she suffers from medical condition or its medical treatment that causes one or more of the following: Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome; Severe or chronic pain; Severe nausea; Seizures; or Severe or persistent muscle spasms. The law also allows recommendations for “any other condition that is severe and for which other medical treatments have been ineffective if the symptoms reasonable can be expected to be relieved by the medical use of marijuana.
Update: The General Assembly is considering a bill that would create five (5) new licenses and require the commission to consider the race of applicants.