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Medical Marijuana Doctor Profile for Maryland

You can search for doctors who prescribe medical marijuana treatments at mmcc.maryland.gov. The databases are searchable by zip code so that you can find a fully qualified doctor in your area. Each doctor or facility listed in the database is a certified professional who is capable of discussing your qualifying conditions and issuing you an MMJ card.

Dr. Kanika Hampton Bipat is a certified professional authorized to provide medical marijuana card evaluations in Waldorf, MD. To receive a medical marijuana card, you must possess one of the qualifying conditions established by the Maryland Department of Health. Dr. Kanika Hampton Bipat can issue you a card for use at any medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland.

After receiving your medical marijuana card, you’ll officially qualify to participate in Maryland’s medical marijuana treatment program and be able to visit a Maryland-licensed dispensary. Be aware that transporting medical marijuana across state lines is an illegal federal offense, though. Still, you can appoint two caregivers to pick up your medical marijuana at state dispensaries.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland

1. The Registration Process

Getting a medical marijuana card requires registering with the state of Maryland first. You can register online, but you must complete the application in one session. You can’t save your work and come back to it. That’s why it’s critical to gather all required documents in an electronic format for transmission. Acceptable formats include .pdf, .jpg, .doc, and .docx formats.

2. Registering as an Adult Patient

You’ll need the following documents to register as an adult patient:

  1. A valid email account
  2. Copy of your 9-digit Social Security card
  3. Electronic copy of a government-issued ID card
  4. Proof of Maryland residence, such as a Maryland driver’s license or ID Card or two other forms of proof like utility bills, telephone bills, bank statements, personal property tax bills, etc.
  5. Passport-style photo

You must also submit the non-refundable $50 fee at the time of registration. All documentation for adults or minors must be dated within the last 90 days.

3. Registering as a Minor Medical Marijuana Patient

Minor patients under the age of 18 are required to be under the supervision of a caregiver at all times and can have four caregivers, including both parents/ guardians and two caregivers appointed by their parents or guardians.

Patient caregivers must register with the Commission and be approved before their minor patients can be registered. According to onestop.md.gov, caregiver registration costs $100 for each designated caregiver. The documents required for minors include the same proofs required for adult patients. These documents must also be ready for immediate electronic transfer.

4. Scheduling a Doctor’s Appointment for Evaluation

Next, schedule an appointment with a locally certified medical marijuana doctor. The doctor will discuss your qualifying medical conditions for marijuana treatment and fill out essential information on your registration. At this point, the doctor can then issue your medical marijuana card.

5. Registration Submission

Finally, your Maryland doctor will submit your completed application and issue your MMJ card. You’ll also receive a recommendation that you can take to the dispensary. You can only receive a 30-day supply of cannabis, and if you don’t use your prescription within 120 days it becomes invalid. You no longer need a passport-style photo for your card. According to mmcc.maryland.gov, patient and caregiver identification cards don’t require a photo as of April 20, 2021. You still need a passport-style photo for the application process.

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Health Conditions in Maryland

Medical marijuana qualifications can appear confusing, but understanding the ins and outs of the rules isn’t too difficult. Knowing everything about using medical marijuana as well as its health benefits, regulations, and the process of getting a medical marijuana card puts you at the forefront of responsible medical marijuana users.

According to onestop.md.gov, the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Maryland include:

Any condition recommended by your certified medical marijuana doctor

  1. Anorexia
  2. Cachexia
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Wasting syndrome
  5. Chronic pain
  6. Severe nausea
  7. HIV/AIDS
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Crohn’s disease
  10. Multiple sclerosis
  11. Arthritis
  12. Parkinson’s disease
  13. ALS
  14. Cancer
  15. Anxiety disorder
  16. Muscle spasms
  17. Seizures
  18. Post-traumatic stress disorder

Doctors in Maryland can only recommend marijuana treatments. Federal law prohibits prescribing medical marijuana.

Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana is well-known for its ability to provide a sense of relaxation, stimulate the appetite, and facilitate restful sleep. Some of the better-known health benefits of medical marijuana include:

  1. Reducing anxiety and stress
  2. Relieving chronic pain
  3. Promoting healthier sleep cycles for insomniacs
  4. Increasing appetite in a number of health disorders
  5. Fighting cancerous cells
  6. Reducing eye pressure in glaucoma patients
  7. Relieving arthritis symptoms
  8. Preventing advancement of Alzheimer’s disease

What to Expect at a Maryland Medical Marijuana Treatment Center

After many long years, medical marijuana is now available for patients in Maryland. The first Maryland dispensaries opened in December of 2017. Meanwhile, many other states have legalized the personal use of marijuana or medical marijuana. The widespread legalization of marijuana is an indication that Maryland’s medical cannabis industry is on its way to booming.

At Maryland dispensaries you can expect professional service and staff members who are knowledgeable about different strains and a wide selection of products. The medicinal benefits of marijuana treatments have become well-documented and include reducing seizures, restoring appetites, relieving chronic pain, and improving patients’ quality of life.

When entering a treatment center for the first time, show your MMJ card and ask questions about medical marijuana. The expert tenders will gladly answer your questions and make recommendations based on your reasons for seeking medical marijuana treatment. Your tender will verify your doctor’s recommendations, help you make a final selection, and package your purchase in accordance with state requirements.

Dr. Kanika Hampton Bipat
Suite 111 11315 Pembrooke Square, Waldorf, MD 20603
202-215-1928

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