If you’re Maryland resident reading this article, chances are you’re already using cannabis. If you don’t have your card yet, then your usage is not legal. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find out how to buy marijuana legally and use it at your leisure? You can when you use Veriheal to meet with a doctor online and get approved for medical marijuana. Veriheal has helped thousands of patients in Maryland gain safe and legal access to medical marijuana.
You can complete the process all from the comfort of your own couch. Veriheal is one of the leading medical marijuana card providers in the United States, with over 15,000+ patients signed up for medical marijuana in their respective states.
Unlike other states with very strict conditions for approval, Maryland allows people with chronic pain to be approved. So if you have ongoing headaches, you’d be approved. Stomach aches? You’d be approved. Let’s be honest, you’ve probably had some kind of pain, so you would be approved instantly.
What is the Maryland Medical Marijuana Program?
The medical marijuana program in Maryland was approved by lawmakers in 2013. The program has recently become operational with dispensaries opening back in September of 2017. The program allows people to become legal medical marijuana patients in the state and gain access to cannabis dispensaries throughout Maryland.
How do you Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Maryland?
To qualify for medical marijuana, you have to be 18 years of age and also have one of the qualifying conditions. Patients can be approved for a medical marijuana card in Maryland for a wide range of conditions. The most common diagnosis fall into the following general categories:
- Chronic Pain
- Severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions
- Multiple sclerosis
- Any other condition, as determined by rule-making, that is chronic or long-lasting
If a patient is under 18, they must register with a caregiver that is over 18. That caregiver can obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary for the patient.
What is a Medical Marijuana Card?
A medical marijuana card is a card/document/recommendation that states a specific person has a medical condition in which a doctor recommends them to use cannabis to help treat their condition(s). Once a doctor writes a recommendation, a card can be requested from the state and that card allows the patient to legally buy medical cannabis. Once the patient receives a medical marijuana card, they can then go to a dispensary for their medicine. Some states, however, ask the patient to register with the state first, then go to the dispensary for their medicine.
A medical recommendation is not a medical prescription. It’s moreso a document that states a patient can legally purchase cannabis in a state that allows for legal medical marijuana (MMJ) use.
How do I get a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?
On the Maryland commission’s website, you will need to register with the state of Maryland by providing your name, Maryland address, date of birth, and uploading an image of a valid state government ID. After this, a patient will meet with a Veriheal doctor who is registered with the commission to obtain their “written certification.”
How does it work?
To get your recommendation you have to sign up and register on https://www.veriheal.com and complete a brief online profile from which you can book an appointment. You will then meet with a physician for 15 minutes who will approve you based off of your ailment(s). Afterwards, you will receive a formal doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis.
How can I find a medical marijuana doctor in Maryland to approve me?
The hardest part has always been finding physicians that believe in the power of medical cannabis for treatment. Veriheal provides licensed physicians all across Maryland that are in good standing with the state and can provide evaluations and approvals to patients that qualify. Currently, Veriheal has doctors in Annapolis, Baltimore, Bethesda, Catonsville, Laurel, Oxon Hill, Waldorf, and Takoma Park. By far, Baltimore medical marijuana cards have become the most popular in Maryland via Veriheal statistics. Evaluations can also be done virtually with Veriheal, so no need to leave your home!
What do I do after I am approved?
Once approved, and have received your certification, you can print your certification through the MMCC site and purchase medical cannabis from any Maryland dispensary. If you would like a medical marijuana card, you can order one from the state for $50. The physical card is optional.
As of May, of 2018, with the passing of reciprocity, Maryland cardholders can also purchase medical marijuana from DC dispensaries. That means if you get your medical marijuana card in Maryland you can also go purchase cannabis from Washington DC.
If you don’t have your MMCC ID number, register with Maryland here http://mmcc.maryland.gov/Pages/patients.aspx. The state will issue you an MMCC ID number. Bring this number with to your appointment and your doctor will upload you into the state system. You can print your certification from the state site and immediately go to dispensaries near you.
What can I buy at a dispensary with a Maryland medical card?
Once you have a medical marijuana card in Maryland, you can buy cannabis products such as dry flower, tinctures, vapor oil, liquids, and oils.
Where are the Maryland dispensaries?
You can visit www.veriheal.com/dispensaries to see all of the dispensaries that are open for business.
Does Veriheal work directly with dispensaries?
Yes! Veriheal works with dispensaries to get specials for patients who used Veriheal to get their card. Veriheal also has an Online TV Network called VerihealTV where patients can’t get a preview of different dispensaries in Maryland.
Is Veriheal HIPAA compliant? Is my data secure?
Yes. Veriheal is one of the only HIPAA compliant platforms in the medical marijuana industry. Your health insurance company, employer, or any other entity does not have access to your information.
Will the government have my information?
No. Some people who qualify for medical recommendations sometimes chose not to pursue treatment because they fear there might be repercussions. There is no reason to be in fear nor does the government have a list of approved patients that work for the government. There is no consolidated database that the DEA uses to conduct raids or employers can access during background checks.
As in any doctor’s practice, the record of your evaluation is protected and private under federal laws through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Further, by law, doctor-patient confidentiality prohibits the police, DMV, and employers from accessing your medical records without your written permission or consent.
Does Veriheal Operate in any other states?
Veriheal operates in and writes medical marijuana recommendations in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and New York. Many more states are coming soon.