Maryland Now Requires MMJ Cards. Here’s How to Get One

New Patients

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, all new patients must purchase MMCC ID cards at registration. A card costs $50.

For more information on how to get a medical cannabis card in Maryland, consult Leafly’s step-by-step guide.

Existing Patients

Existing medical cannabis patients who do not already have an MMCC identification card have two options:

  1. Order an MMCC ID card for a $50 fee now. The MMCC will issue you a card that will expire on the date your current registration expires.
  2. Beginning March 1, 2019, you may submit a renewal application to MMCC. There will still be a $50 card fee, but the renewal registration will expire 3 years from the date of renewal.

The second option seems to be the better one in terms of value. If you’re at all worried about delays, however, it may be worth renewing early.

How to Renew

To renew your registration, log in to your existing MMCC account and click on the Renew Registration tab. You will be required to answer a few questions and update your address, if applicable. Once the MMCC has your renewal application, the agency will review it and notify you of approval via email.

Due to the anticipated high volume of ID card orders and registration renewals, the MMCC has said it will be unable to guarantee a delivery date for the cards. However, the department says a temporary ID will be emailed in the meantime and remain available through your MMCC account.

It may seem unnecessarily difficult at this point, but in the long term, the change is aimed at making the process smooth and consistent when checking in at dispensaries.

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