Learn how to qualify in Maryland
Follow the steps below, or contact any Health For Life location for us to assist you through the process. We will ensure that everything is completed accurately and follows the MMCC requirements so that you can get your Medical Cannabis Card with no delays.
STEP 1 | GATHER MATERIALS
What you will need:
1. A valid, accessible email account.
2. The last four digits of your Social Security Number
3. An electronic copy of a valid government-issued photo ID
4. Proof of Maryland residency.
(All documents must be dated within the past 90 days)
5. An electronic copy of a clear, recent photograph.
Accepted forms of identification:
- Driver’s license
- State issued photo Identification card
- Military ID (both front and back)
- US Passport
If the identification you provide is not a Maryland driver’s license or MVA ID Card OR does not identify your current address, you must also provide two of the following documents as proof of your current Maryland address:
Note: Documents must include the applicant’s name and address. Documents may not be from the same two agencies. (i.e. Two documents issued by MVA).
- MVA registration card or title
- Utility, telephone or cable/satellite TV bill
- Bank account statement
- Property tax bill
- Mortgage statement or proof of home ownership (Deed, Title, Bill of Sale)
- Major credit card bill (Visa, MasterCard, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.)
- Residential rental contract (lease or rental contract between landlord and tenant which includes all signatures).
- Selective Service Card
- Federal, state or local government mail (ie. Social Security, social services)
- Car insurance policyAll documents must be dated within the past 90 days.
For the 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.
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.
STEP 2 | REGISTER ONLINE
Complete and submit an online application. Apply for your Medical Cannabis Card online at onestop.md.gov. $50 fee is charged from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission for all applications. Patient Consultants at Health for Life Dispensaries are always available to help patients sign up.
STEP 3 | VERIFY EMAIL
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 must click 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 such as Health For Life.
STEP 4 | 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. Find a doctor here.
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.