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Maryland Marijuana Dispensaries, Delivery, and Doctors

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Is Weed Legal in Maryland?

Maryland’s medical marijuana program began in 2017, providing medical patients with cannabis alternatives to pharmaceutical medications. Citizens of the state 18 and over with a medical need for marijuana are now able to safely purchase legal weed in The Old Line State.

While recreational marijuana is currently still illegal in Maryland, the state legislature is on the verge of legalization. Early this year, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch created a marijuana work group to study and report on the most effective way to roll out recreational legalization in the state. The work group will report its findings to the state legislature on December 31st, 2019, so expect huge changes to Maryland’s recreational cannabis policy starting in 2020.

Buying Marijuana in Maryland

On April 14th, 2014, current Governor Martin O’Malley signed into effect H.B. 881, legalizing medical marijuana in Maryland. After 3 long years of policy debate and rollout planning, Maryland’s first marijuana dispensary opened their doors to the public in December of 2017. Today there are dozens of dispensaries across the state, who able to provide medical patients with various marijuana products.

Buying Marijuana at a Retail Location

To purchase medical marijuana in the state of Maryland, there are several regulatory hoops to jump through. First, you must register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) and clarify your intent to become a medical marijuana patient in the state. After registering with the MMCC, you are required to make an in-person visit to a medical professional who is also registered with the MMCC. A physician, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or dentist may issue a medical marijuana recommendation to a citizen of Maryland. After you receive a medical recommendation, you are then able to purchase marijuana from one of the state-regulated dispensaries.

Using a Marijuana Delivery Service in Maryland

If you are a medical marijuana patient in the state of Maryland, you are eligible to have weed delivered right to your door. Many dispensaries operate 7 days a week and deliver to your house free of charge. Every dispensary will have their own hours and regulations when it comes to delivery options, so check their website before ordering.

Store Hours

Cities across Maryland are legally allowed to set their own rules when it comes to hours of operations for MMJ dispensaries, so dispensaries a few blocks away may have vastly different hours. If you are in Baltimore, expect dispensaries to close around 9 pm. Check our dispensary directory for specific store hours.

Purchasing Restrictions

Currently, there is no set standard for purchasing limits in the state of Maryland. The purchasing limits will be different for every individual, as the amount of marijuana flower or THC products a person can purchase will be specified on their physician certification. A 30-day purchasing limit will be tailored to meet the medical needs of each patient, so speak with your physician regarding the amount you need. Keep in mind that it is a rolling 30-day limit, not based on the calendar month.

Available Products

Having a general understanding of cannabis products can be quite useful on your first visit to any dispensary. The time of grass has passed and marijuana has moved far beyond the days of simple buds and blunts. As America’s opinion of marijuana has evolved, so too has the cannabis industry. Like dispensaries in states across the nation, expect to find an array of THC-infused products. Some of the products available at most Maryland dispensaries include:

  • THC tinctures
  • THC extracts
  • THC patches
  • Vaping products
  • Marijuana Flower
  • Pre-rolled joints

As for edibles, these have remained illegal since medical marijuana came to fruition in The Old Line State. However in May 2019, marijuana edibles were legalized, allowing researchers to study the effects edibles have on patients. Expect to soon see edibles in select dispensaries across the state.

Taxes on Marijuana in Maryland

One of the driving factors behind the legalization of marijuana in states has been the tax dollars. After the widespread success of the marijuana industry in states like Washington, California and Colorado, more states are starting to see just how much weed can make for their state. Needless to say, when purchasing marijuana from any state-licensed dispensary, expect to pay some taxes. In Maryland, you will first be subject to the state’s 9% sales tax on any purchase. On top of this, you will be charged an excise tax of $30 per ounce of flower.


Under Maryland state law, medical marijuana patients may carry up to 120 grams (4 ounces) of marijuana flower. If purchasing cannabis extracts, patients are allowed up to 36 grams per month. If you feel that these amounts do not meet your needs, your recommending physician may certify you to possess more than the allotted 4 ounces.

If you are stopped by law enforcement while carrying medical marijuana, you are not required to disclose any medical information, even if you are currently in the possession of marijuana. You do not have to consent to a search if asked by the officer. If medical marijuana is found during a search, remain calm and simply give the officer your patient ID card or refer the officer to the marijuana commission’s online database.

Using Marijuana in Maryland

Currently, Maryland state law does not have any legal marijuana consumption bars or cafes. The only legal place you may smoke marijuana is within a private residence. Even then, you are still subject to some guidelines. If you rent a home, apartment or condo, you are prohibited from smoking marijuana flower within the residence if your lease agreement prohibits marijuana. However, state law specifies that vaping marijuana products in a rented home is allowable.

Remember that using any form of marijuana product in a public place is illegal, including inside your car.

Areas in Maryland that DO NOT allow the use of marijuana:

  • In your car
  • At a local park
  • At the beach
  • Federal lands (national parks, national forests)
  • On a school campus
  • In a rented home if your lease specifies against it
  • Any public place

Areas in Maryland that DO allow the use of marijuana:

  • Within your private residence
  • Outside a private residence, as long as it is out of the view of the public.
  • In your ‘smoker-friendly’ hotel room (first check the rules specific to your hotel)

Smoking on Federal Lands

While recreational marijuana has been legalized in the state, it remains a federal crime. For this reason, using any marijuana product on federal land is highly illegal. This includes any national park, forest, monument and more.

Medical Marijuana in Maryland

As recreational marijuana is not yet legal in the state of Maryland, medical marijuana is the only legal option. To obtain a medical marijuana recommendation in the state, follow these steps:

  1. Qualify to receive medical marijuana. Some conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Maryland are glaucoma, PTSD, anorexia, severe nausea, people in hospice, any condition which a physician deems as ‘severe,’
  2. Register online with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
  3. Submit an electronic copy of your ID, proof of address, a recent photo and the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  4. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must register on the MMCC as a caregiver.
  5. Obtain a written physician’s certification from a care provider registered with the MMCC.

If you receive an MMJ certification, make sure you use it within 120 days or it will become void.

Out of State Medical Cards

Under state law, out-of-state medical patients may register with the MMCC to receive medical marijuana in the state of Maryland. Unfortunately, as of December 2017, the state has placed a hold on out-of-state applications until further notice.

How to Transport Marijuana in Maryland

Transporting Marijuana in Maryland

Similar to laws governing the transportation of alcohol, MMJ patients must keep their marijuana in a sealed container when driving. The safest way to transport marijuana is to keep your weed in the trunk in the container provided by the dispensary until you get home.

Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana

Even if you are medically certified to use marijuana in the state of Maryland, driving while high is always illegal. There is no legal limit to THC, so driving with trace amounts of THC in your bloodstream is illegal. Be highly cautious about driving if you have consumed marijuana in the last few hours as it could land you in some serious trouble. If you have been smoking, we highly recommend checking out some of the state’s awesome public transportation options rather than driving.

Driving Across State Lines with Marijuana

While medical marijuana is legal in the state of Maryland, it remains illegal under federal law. When crossing state lines, you are subject to federal jurisdiction. As such, transporting marijuana over state lines, even to another legalized state, is federally illegal.

Growing Marijuana in Maryland

Medical marijuana patients are not authorized to grow marijuana in the state. Only a state-licensed cultivator may grow marijuana in Maryland.

Find Maryland marijuana dispensaries, deliveries, seed banks and doctors in popular places like Baltimore, Rockville, and Silver Spring

Maryland Medical Marijuana – The Ultimate Guide

Even if we’re all still dreaming of the day when we could just walk into a recreational dispensary, you still have plenty of options to get weed in Maryland. The Gentleman has compiled all of them into this handy guide for you!

Of course, if you have any legal questions, I always advise you have a chat with a lawyer cuz there’s a billion of em around here and I’m just a claymation homunculus.

So what do you want to know about?

Decriminalization Means…

So, here’s the deal: recreational pot is still illegal in the state of Maryland (we think it’s stupid, too.)

The bright spot is that possession of anything less than 10 grams of pot has officially been decriminalized.

So you can just blaze blunts in front of City Hall all day blasting NWA and nobody can say anything if you have less than 10 grams, right? The answer isn’t that simple.

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Decriminalization just means that you can’t face criminal charges for having some weed on you. In other words, if you run into the cops, you won’t get hit with a criminal penalty, but they will confiscate your buds and hit you with a fine.

If you’re caught with less than 10 grams, you can get off easy with just a $100 fine.

If you’ve got more than that, you’re looking at a misdemeanor penalty or $1000 in fines. You better believe they’re gonna add the weight of the baggie, so skew under.

FYI, edibles are usually weighed as the entire cookie or tincture or whatever, not the percentage of THC they contain, so you could rack up more than 10g real fast with Grandma’s world-famous Pearl Jam. Be careful!

You’re not allowed to smoke in public or behind the wheel even as an MMJ patient- keep your medicine at home and locked up tight!

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Medical marijuana is totally legal in Maryland! But still federally illegal. Y’know.

But patients aren’t allowed to grow it themselves. Medical marijuana patients in MD are locked into the dispensary system for medicine.

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I know, I’m all blue sad crying face emoji about it, too.

Good news is that getting your medical card is super-easy!

It can take a while for the state to process your application, though, so you want to get on it ASAP.

The full list of accepted conditions is on this page. If your usual doctor is registered with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission, they can help you with the recommendation you’ll need to become a patient.

You can also look up providers on the MMCC website. But if you just want to get your card ASAP, then hit up my friends at Veriheal, they’ll hook you up with one of their canna-friendly docs lickety-split for $200.

Maryland Dispensary Guide

I’ve been bouncing around Maryland’s medical marijuana scene since the dispensaries first opened in December ‘17. FYI, a lot of dispensaries offer delivery if you can’t make it to the store or can direct you to caregivers that are licensed to get your cannabis medicine for you.

On the outskirts of Washington DC, you should check out RISE in Silver Spring or Bethesda. They’re operated by Green Thumb Industries. GTI also operates the processor Rythm and has the license for Mary’s Medicinals brand in Maryland. I really like Rythm’s CO2 extracted vape cartridges. I also liked the vape I got from gLeaf recently.

Hailing from Las Vegas, the Verano brand consistently has the best flowers out of everything I’ve smoked so far, but they tend to be pricey.

They also do their own extraction so you’ll find Verano’s Sunrock Shatter, vapes, and ingestibles like their gummy troches at lots of dispensaries, but for the best selection, check out their vertically-integrated ZenLeaf shops in Columbia and Jessup.

My favorite concentrates these days are from Culta. Their dispensary on Key Highway has an insane selection of shatters, sugars, badders, live resins, diamonds, you name it. Their prices are the lowest around and the shatter is a particularly good deal at $40/gram, and 3 for $99 everyday.

Culta’s quality has been consistently excellent in my experience. It tastes clean, y’know what I mean, Verne? I’ve seen some great flowers from them recently, too.

GreenLabs in Fells Point has one of the hottest deals around- $18 eighths of three select strains all day Sunday draws crowds all day long. It’s not top shelf stuff, but it’s a good deal.

I’m also digging Grassroots products. I love visiting their deli-style dispensary in Gaithersburg for my pick of flowers. “Deli-style” means the flower is weighed out in front of you.

Grassroots’ cheaper concentrate is hit or miss, but the live sugars rock. Their RSO is still fantastic! I’ve finally settled on Iditarod as my favorite after very extensive testing.

I have developed a strong appreciation for Dixie ingestibles like their Awakening Tablets and infused Tea (as Maryland doesn’t currently allow traditional edibles like THC infused cookies and brownies and hard candies and whatnot). The Dixie brand is multi-state and licensed locally by Curio Wellness whose shop is located in Timonium.

Just outside the city in Reisterstown, you’ll find processor Curaleaf’s store– they make some fantastic CO2 & distillate extracts. I was impressed with Temescal Wellness’ dispensary in Pikesville but even more so with their flower- well worth a visit!

In Prince George’s County, Mary & Main in Capitol Heights boasts the youngest dispensary owner in the United States, Hope Wiseman, so show her some love!

Farther south, I dig Southern Maryland Relief in Mechanicsville a lot, great folks there that love the community. They’ve got dispensaries in Ocean City but be discreet! Your Gentleman was tossed out on his ass by the Commander Hotel last summer.

I Heard It’s Legal in DC?

Maybe you don’t want a medical card because you have top-secret government clearances to operate bazooka drones. Or maybe you don’t want to forfeit your collection of exotic and antique firearms.

Cool cool cool. You’ve got some options on social media and other sites, but a quick trip down to Washington DC and you can find gift weed delivery or pick-up from a ton of awesome brands your Gentleman has personally vetted.

You can find more info about how weed gifting works in DC on this page. In short: you’re not buying the flowers, you’re buying the other thing they’re selling for you, whether that’s baseball cards, books, whatever.

They give you the goods as a gift — a token of their affection and appreciation, if you will. Just let ’em know where you wanna meet up and when they’re generally very flexible.

If you’re willing to risk it for the biscuit, you can try looking for other Maryland marijuana enthusiasts on social media like Instagram and Facebook or apps like Mass Roots and High There!

Or check out, there are some brands there operating in Maryland, but I can’t vet these guys for you so stay smart and stay safe! And please don’t forget who told you where to get weed when the zombies come!

CBD- It’s Everywhere!

Have you heard about CBD, the other cannabinoid in weed that doesn’t get you high but has actually been used in an FDA-approved medication to treat epilepsy? Anecdotal evidence abounds that CBD can help you fight inflammation, anxiety, pain, even more serious ailments.

Personally, I find topicals the most useful- CBD is what BenGay is supposed to be and opioids just mask pain signals, not actually heal my jacked-up back.

You generally want a Full-Spectrum to include as many helpful cannabinoids, terpenes, and other mystery compounds of which Science Knows Not yet as you can get. That means it might include a tiny, allowable percentage of THC. Keep that in mind if you’re regularly drug-tested!

You should be okay if you’re only using it as a topical, but it’s your job and I’m just an invisible voice on the internet, sooooo. And keep in mind that CBD is definitely psychoactive, it just doesn’t get you “high.” It gets you “calm.”

In the wake of last year’s Farm Bill that legalized hemp, you can you find CBD at every head shop, tobacco shop, gas stations, even freakin’ CVS! But I recommend you visit the specialty brick-and-mortar stores for best selection and knowledgeable staff.

Personally, I really dig 529 Vapes in Baltimore, located in the historic Fells Point neighborhood, and there’s a place that infuses organic hipster juices with CBD like a block away from there.

Plus you can get it shipped to you over the internet! Check out my friends at District Hemp. I’ve got lots of CBD reviews here and workin on more, there is a deluge of products on the market right now!

Rec Sales When?

While there is a groundswell of support for legalizing recreational/adult-use cannabis among Marylanders and their legislature, Governor Hogan has been noncommittal on the matter to date.

In theory, he could follow the example of Gov. LePage in Maine and block the state from ending marijuana prohibition in Maryland. Stay tuned to GT for updates!

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