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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As Maryland enters a new era in medicine, patients will inevitably have a lot of questions. The information below is meant to help guide you through the initial patient registration process and ensure that you are informed and prepared for your first dispensary visit.
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How Do I Become a Registered Cannabis Patient?
Patients and Caregivers must first register on the Maryland Cannabis Commission website by providing name, address, date of birth, and uploading an image of a government ID and recent photo. MMCC staff will review the application and notify the patient of their unique 25-digit ID registration number.
Once you receive your patient number (obtained only through the MMCC website), you must obtain a written referral (“written certification”) from a doctor who has registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. The registered physician will use the assigned patient number to issue an online recommendation for medical cannabis.
To find a MMCC certfied physician by zip code, click here.
For more details about this process visit: http://mmcc.maryland.gov/Pages/process_to_obtain.aspx
How Do I Become a Caregiver to a Cannabis Patient?
A patient may designate up to two persons as caregivers. If a patient selects you to be a caregiver, you must submit an application through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s website. Caregivers must be 21 years old or older. A caregiver may be a family member but the patient can choose whomever they wish. Caregivers cannot care for more than five qualifying patients.
Do I Have to Pay a Fee to Register?
Patients do not have to pay the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to register. There are no fees, unless a qualifying patient desires an ID card, which can be purchased for $50.
Can My Primary Care Physician Recommend Medical Cannabis?
Licensed physicians must register as a “Certifying Provider” with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in order to issue written certifications for medical cannabis to patients for treatment of a qualifying medical condition. The physician must have an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland, be in good standing, and must also be registered to prescribe controlled substances by the State.
The patient must register through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission before a physician can provide a written certification for the patient. A patient can then visit a registered physician in-person. The physician will examine the patient, review medical records, assess the patient’s medical history, maintain current records, and provide the patient with follow-up care as needed.
If the patient meets the physician’s criteria for treatment with medical cannabis, the physician will issue a written certification. The physician records the written certification on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s website.
Ask your primary care physician if she or he is registered, and discuss whether medical cannabis would benefit your medical condition. *There is no need to pay any person or organization any fee other than the fee your physician charges for the doctor visit.*
To find an MMCC certified physician by zip code, click here.
What are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis?
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission lists qualifying medical conditions including, but not limited to: glaucoma, cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. Consult with your doctor to find out if your condition or illness applies.
My Child Needs Medical Cannabis. Is He or She Eligible to Become a Legal Patient?
Children under 18 who meet their physician’s criteria for treatment can become legal patients in Maryland but must have a parent or legal guardian over 21 registered as their caregiver.
Do Veterans Qualify for Medical Cannabis?
Veterans can obtain medical cannabis by following the same process as other patients. Veterans need to make sure that using medical cannabis will not disqualify them from Veterans Affairs health system procedures they might need.
Do I Have to be a Maryland Resident to Participate in the Medical Cannabis Program?
Any person living in Maryland can participate in the program. A person from out-of-state who is in Maryland for the purpose of receiving medical care can be issued a written certification and obtain medical cannabis.
Do I Need a Patient ID Card?
No, a patient ID card is optional. While not required, the card may offer patients additional legal protections. Any state issued ID (driver’s license or passport) can be used as proof of identity when purchasing medical cannabis at a licensed dispensary.
You can request an ID card when you receive your written certification or apply for one later. The Patient ID card will cost $50. If your card is lost or damaged a replacement card will cost $100.
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Costs of Medical Cannabis?
Health insurers are not required to cover the cost of medical cannabis but some private health insurers may develop policies that will cover medical cannabis.
Where Can I Obtain Medical Cannabis?
A Maryland patient can only obtain legal medical cannabis from any Maryland-licensed dispensary. The patient’s written certification will be recorded in the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s database and can be confirmed by any licensed dispensary.
Dispensaries can only obtain their cannabis products from Maryland-licensed growers, and processors.
I’m Registered as a Cannabis Patient, When Can I Visit the Dispensary?
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Will My Patient Information be Confidential?
Yes, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that physicians and dispensaries protect patient privacy and confidentiality. Patient records are maintained by your doctor and the MMCC. Our database meets HIPAA standards to protect patient confidentiality and will never disclose any information without your authorization.
What Products are Available for Purchase?
Trilogy Wellness will offer cannabis flowers, concentrates (including wax, oil, live resin, shatter, tinctures, capsules, and vapor cartridges) and topical lotions, and salves. Edible cannabis products will not be available from dispensaries in Maryland but some extracts can be added to foods at home. Our expert advisors can help you determine which products and strains are most beneficial to treat your condition. See our Products page for more details.
All cannabis products are procured from Maryland-licensed growers and processors.
Why are Edibles Not Available For Purchase?
All “food” produced or sold in Maryland is regulated by the Maryland Office of Food Safety. The MMCC has not developed regulations regarding the production of medical cannabis in forms like food.
Approved extracts such as oils and tinctures may be suitable for patients and caregivers to use at home to make a wide variety of edible forms of cannabis, but patients should seek guidance before consuming edible products.
What to Expect During Your First Visit
Upon arrival, you will show your patient ID card, or government issued ID card at the check-in desk in the waiting room. We will check the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s website to confirm the patient’s identity and confirm that the patient has a “written certification” from a registered physician.
Once identified, you will be buzzed in and taken to a private consulting room where you’ll meet one-on-one with a Trilogy staff member to discuss your specific conditions. The staff member can educate and make recommendations on the best strains, products, and dosage to treat your ailments and provide instructions on how to consume.
You will then be escorted to the dispensing area where our expert advisors will show you the products recommended during your consults and answer any additional questions you may have. The dispensary will record how much medical cannabis has been dispensed to the patient.
Our staff will do everything to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and informed throughout your visit.
Will I Be Safe Entering and Exiting the Dispensary?
Your comfort and security is our top priority. Our building is equipped with over 40 security cameras inside and outside the building and we employ a trained security guard during open hours. All cash is locked in a safe and staff do not have access to the code, and products are kept in a secure storage area during off hours.
How Much Medical Cannabis Can a Patient Possess?
A patient can purchase no more than a 30-day supply. The patient can possess no more than 120 grams (approx. 4 oz) of dried cannabis flower or 36 grams of extracted THC (THC concentrate) unless a physician makes a special determination that a patient needs more.
Does My Doctor Decide My Dosage?
Your doctor may decide dosage, but many choose not to. Recommendations are only valid for 120 days, and patients may only obtain a thirty-day supply at one time. If your doctor decides that you need a higher dosage than what the MMCC allows for a 30-day period, they can write a special permission.
Trilogy’s knowledgeable staff can advise you on appropriate dosage for your condition.
Can I Consume Cannabis at the Dispensary?
No. Consumption of cannabis is not allowed on the premises.
Regulations require patients to sign a statement that they understand that they are not immune from any prohibition on smoking cannabis in a public place or in a motor vehicle, or on private property where it is prohibited by the property owner.
Where Can I Use Medical Cannabis?
You may use medical cannabis in your home or a medical facility that permits medical cannabis use on site. Medical cannabis may not be consumed at a dispensary, in a vehicle, or in a public place.
Can Medical Patients Grow Their Own Cannabis?
No, Maryland law will not allow patients or their caregivers to cultivate cannabis.
Can I Legally Travel With Cannabis?
A medical patient may legally travel with cannabis anywhere in the state of Maryland. Since the possession of cannabis is against federal law, Maryland cannot authorize you to travel to other states or countries. Most states do not recognize legal medical cannabis and many medical cannabis states will not recognize the validity of out-of-state medical cannabis authorizations.
What If I Get Stopped by Law Enforcement?
Within the state of Maryland, legal patients do not have to disclose that they possess medical cannabis and do not have to consent to a search. However, if a search is conducted and medical cannabis is found, the patient should present their patient ID card to law enforcement.
Can My Employer Drug Test Me if I’m a Medical Cannabis Patient?
Maryland law does not prevent an employer from testing for use of cannabis (for any reason) or taking action against an employee who tests positive for use of cannabis (for any reason).
Can Your Facility Accommodate Handicapped Individuals?
Yes, we are ADA compliant. The building has restrooms which are wheelchair accessible.
What Forms of Payment Are Accepted?
At this time we can only accept cash. Trilogy Wellness has an ATM onsite.