How to


To enroll in the Maryland medical marijuana program and be able to enter a licensed dispensary, you’ll need to complete four steps.


Step 1

Register as a Maryland medical cannabis patient or caregiver

You must have a valid, accessible email account to complete and submit the online application form on the MMCC Registry website. Once approved, you are automatically registered with MMCC, but you’ll still need a valid written certification from a certified provider to purchase medical cannabis. No fee to apply.

Register here


Step 2

Provider Certification

You cannot purchase medical cannabis without a valid written certification from a provider registered with MMCC. Certifications are valid for a maximum of one year.

You must obtain a valid written certification from a provider registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. By law, you must have a bona fide provider-patient relationship with the provider and the provider must approve medical cannabis as a treatment option for you for a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying medical conditions include:

  • Cachexia

  • Anorexia

  • Wasting syndrome

  • Severe pain

  • Severe nausea

  • Seizures

  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

  • Glaucoma

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Chronic pain

You can find information on providers who recommend cannabis for treatment of qualifying patients here

The provider will need your MMCC-issued Patient ID Number to issue the certification for medical cannabis through the Commission’s secure online application.


Step 3


After you obtain a valid written certification from a registered provider, you’ll be able to purchase medical cannabis from licensed Maryland dispensaries.

Prior to your first visit, please fill out our patient intake form and print it out. This information helps us understand your condition and ensure we provide you with treatment options best suited for your needs.

You can also browse our products online prior to coming in. Our highly trained budtenders will be ready to answer your questions and help you place your first order. 

Fill out your patient intake form here


Step 4

Visit a licensed Maryland dispensary

When purchasing medical cannabis at a dispensary, you’ll be required to present your valid U.S. government-issued photo ID (or MMCC ID card). The dispensary agent will verify your certification in the Commission’s database before conducting any transaction. 

For more information about this process, visit the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission or call us at The Botanist at 443-200-2242 for assistance.

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