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Maryland Medical Cannabis Information - FAQ
We’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning medical cannabis in Maryland and the Kannavis dispensary. You can also email us at if you have questions that are not included in the list below.
  • Is medical cannabis legal in Maryland?

    Yes, medical cannabis is legal in Maryland. Governor O'Malley signed House Bill 881 ( also known as the the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission) into law April 14, 2014.
  • Am I qualified to get medical cannabis in Maryland?

    The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) encourages the use of medical cannabis if:

    1. You have a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in you being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative (relief management) care.

    2. You have a debilitating disease or medical condition or are undergoing treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces the following signs and symptoms:

    - cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome (sudden weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite)
    - severe or chronic pain
    - severe nausea
    - seizures
    - severe or persistent muscle spasms

    3. You are diagnosed with glaucoma or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    4. If your condition is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and if the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the medical use of cannabis.

    Ideally, medical marijuana is for you if:

    - You are plagued with chronic pain and want relief.
    - You are sick and tired of anxiety getting in the way of your daily life.
    - You walk around feeling like a zombie every day because you struggle with sleep
    - You are suffering from PTSD due to past trauma and would want to feel normal again.
    - You are experiencing the horrible side effects of cancer treatments.
    - You are looking for alternative treatments to reduce the occurrence of muscle spasms and seizures.

  • How do I get a doctor’s recommendation and written certification for medical cannabis in Maryland?

    First, your doctor must be approved by the State of Maryland to provide you with a medical cannabis written certification (also known as a recommendation). Once your doctor gives you the written certification, he or she will submit your information to the state.

    Second, you have to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission as as patient or caregiver.

    If you’re under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian who will register as a caregiver.

  • How do I register with the state of Maryland for patient approval?

    To register with with the MMCC as a patient approved for medical marijuana, you will need the following:

    1. An email address and access to your email account
    2. The last 4 digits of your social security number
    3. A scanned copy of your government-issued photo ID
    4. Proof of Maryland residency or proof that you’re currently receiving medical treatment in Maryland
    5. A scanned 2”x2” passport-style photo showing your head and shoulders

    You can also register at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) website.

  • What if my doctor is not registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission?

    If your current physician is not registered with the MMCC, speak with him/her about registering here. Alternatively, you can hop on to Weedmaps to find a registered doctor close to you.
  • Can I appoint a caregiver to make dispensary visits?

    Yes. A caregiver is a trusted individual whom you can designate to make dispensary visits on your behalf. You can appoint up to two caregivers and he or she must register with the MMCC.
  • Where is the Kannavis dispensary located?

    We are at 8709 Fingerboard Road, Frederick, MD 21704.
  • What are your hours?

    Monday - Saturday, 9am - 8pm
    Sunday, 11am-4pm
  • What do I need to bring to become a Kannavis customer?

    - Cash (we are a cash-only dispensary business for now)
    - Valid ID (21-only)
    - Your Maryland Medical Cannabis Card (or assigned number from MMCC)

  • I’ve never been to a marijuana dispensary before. What happens when I visit Kannavis for the first time?

    Here’s what to expect:

    We will greet you by the time you reach our clean, comfortable, and secure dispensary.

    Once inside, our dispensary agents will check your MMCC Patient Identification card and your government issued ID. We can also look you up online if you didn’t purchase a card but have been approved.

    Afterwards, our caring and knowledgeable dispensary agents will provide you with one-on-one service. The agent will discuss your health symptoms and make recommendations on the best strains of cannabis as your medical issue. You’ll be given guidelines about your dosage and advice on how to safely use your medical cannabis supply, including the Maryland rules that apply to you.

  • How much THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and medical cannabis can I have each month in Maryland?

    The maximum amount of THC in an extract that you can get in a month in Maryland is 36 grams. Meanwhile, you can possess up to 120 grams (approximately 4 ounces) of medical cannabis in flower form.

    In Maryland, you can apply for an increased purchase limit if your doctor thinks that the current limit is inadequate to meet your current needs.

  • Do you accept credit or debit cards?

    We do not accept credit cards, debit cards, or checks. Please bring cash.
  • What is the difference between medical cannabis and marijuana?

    Medical cannabis is medical grade marijuana. It is grown under strict conditions, free from contaminants, and highly regulated by the state to guarantee the highest quality and purity of the products.

    At the Kannavis dispensary, experts and compassionate dispensary agents will help you select the most appropriate strains for your medical issues.

  • What’s the best way to take medical marijuana?

    Your doctor and dispensary agents can help you decide on the best treatment method for you. You can choose from the following:

    - Aerosols
    - Capsules
    - Dermal Patches
    - Dried flowers
    - Extracts
    - Lotions/Creams
    - Oils
    - Ointments/Salves
    - Suppositories
    - Tinctures
    - Wax

    Currently, Maryland doesn’t allow dispensaries to sell edible products containing cannabis because of the difficulty in regulating food products. However, you can make food with cannabis at home using products bought from dispensaries such as oils or extracts.

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