Maryland Medical Marijuana Cards

Maryland Medical Cannabis Card

MD MMj Cards

Over 75 percent of physicians all over the world think that medical marijuana use is okay. If you live in the state of Maryland, you can get a medical cannabis card from the state.

Over 90 percent of medical cannabis users say that cannabis improves their condition. But if you want a Maryland Medical Marijuana Card, you will need to go through an application process with the state. This article will show you how to go through that process in order to get that cannabis card into your wallet.

How to Qualify For a Maryland Medical Cannabis Card

To get a medical cannabis card in Maryland, you must be at least 18 years of age or have a caretaker who is at least 18 years of age. If you have a caretaker, that person will be the only one able to pick up medical cannabis on your behalf.

You also need to have a medical condition that cannabis has the ability to treat. The condition you have must be considered by the medical community to be chronic or even life-threatening.

Some of the conditions that have gotten approved for medical cannabis use include the following:

  • Cancer
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain

During the application process, you will need to provide documents proving that you have one or more of these conditions.

Registering With the State of Maryland

Next, you will need to visit the website of the Maryland Cannabis Commission to register with the state. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Picture of your identification card

While you don’t have to be an official Maryland resident to get a cannabis card, you will still need to provide an address. You will also need to provide your email address and click on the link they send you. This link lets the Maryland Cannabis Commission verify your email address. If you don’t follow through with this step, your application can’t get completed.

You will also get asked to provide a photo that was taken within the last 6 months. This picture will need to resemble the one on your identification card. Lastly, you will need to provide the last four numbers of your social security number.

How to Find a Prescribing Physician

The next step will involve finding a physician that will give you what is called a “physician’s statement”. This doctor needs to be licensed to practice in Maryland. They also need to be a member of the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission.

You will need to allow some time for this part of the application process as not all Maryland physicians support the use of medical marijuana. You will get some “no’s” when you ask for the physician’s statement. However, you can find websites that provide a list of cannabis-friendly doctors in the state of Maryland.

The physician will need to cooperate with the state to get you a cannabis card. This process can take anywhere from two weeks to an entire month.

What Happens After You Get Certified

Once you get certified for a medical cannabis card, you will pay a fee for the license. This fee may vary depending on a few factors, but most people pay around $50. However, you can get your money back through the deals you can get on excellent cannabis.

Because you now have a cannabis card, you can go into dispensaries and buy their merchandise. Another benefit to shopping in dispensaries is that you can get information on the strains that are best for your particular condition.

Las Vegas Recreational Weed Stores

Las Vegas Recreational Weed Stores

Like other states (as well as the District of Columbia) who have legalized the recreational sale of marijuana, Nevada is running up against technical complications with the laws surrounding it.

The Issue in Clark County

Clark County, Nevada commissioners are uncertain whether it’s a good idea to block the sale of recreational marijuana within their unincorporated area.

Currently, Las Vegas recreational marijuana dispensaries and recreational weed stores in the state of Nevada are required to possess a medical marijuana license. This may change in November, when recreation-only licenses are slated to be issued.

One opponent of this change is Commissioner Susan Branger. She says that this is an unnecessary change, as the current law is more than accommodating enough for dispensaries. Other commissioners have stated their dismay, claiming that this is an attempt to “fix something that is not broken.”

What’s Driving This Recreational vs. Medical Marijuana Controversy in Nevada?

Medical marijuana shops are the primary force behind this proposal to require dual licensing (medical and recreational). They argue that recreational-only shops will operate with a much lower overhead cost than medical dispensaries.

For medical pot shops, this is an issue of industry protection. Medical dispensaries, while allowed to carry more potent strains and varieties of marijuana products, were forced to jump through a number of hoops to sell their products. They see the recreational shops as newcomers who aren’t being held to the same standards.

Less restrictive licensing, they say, will cut down on their business; they’re seeking the governments help to charge the recreational stores the same fees and make them apply for the same permits and licenses. In their opinion, it’s only fair.

Arguments for the Recreational-Only Licensing

Those who support the idea of recreation-only licenses point to states like Colorado who have seen massive tax benefits from legalized, recreational marijuana. It cuts down on the black market sale of marijuana in cannabis dispensaries, they claim.

They see recreation-only shops (only required to obtain a single recreation license) as a different beast, not a direct competitor. Even if they are a competitor, they say, competition is the basis of the capitalism and there’s more than enough demand for marijuana in Nevada to support both types of shops.

Cannabis Kitchen Opens in Phoenix AZ

Cannabis Kitchen Opens in AZ

A Tempe dispensary had lines forming out the door this Friday for its grand re-opening. Clients were in and out the door all afternoon. Even though the store has been open for roughly a year, an expansion has jump started its popularity.

Raul Molina of the Mint Dispensary said, “We were at capacity . . . at the end of the day, I think it’s here . . . to stay.” The store served about 1,500 customers Friday, so Molina may be right.

The owners of the Phoenix Metro Area dispensary are sure that marijuana is a sustainable business. They’ve gone so far as to build a kitchen for infusing edibles to sell in the shop. Executive Chef Carylann Principal says, “This isn’t going to be just some stoner’s weekend with a box of brownies.” The Mint Dispensary intends to sell a full menu from breakfast to dinner with made-to-order French toast, fries, pizza and burgers–all infused with cannabis.

Principal explains their methods as “adding to the butters we’re going to be using, to the olive oil we’re going to be using, to the coconut oils we’re going to be using.” There’s even a special 420 sauce.

Carylann Principal has been working as a chef for a few decades. It wasn’t until just over five years ago that she entered the world of cannabis cooking. She began by adding it to food for a client who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She found inventive ways to incorporate her client’s medicinal marijuana into her diet. Now, she’s whipping up similar recipes in Tempe.

The full kitchen should be open for business at the end of May with plans to move into Scottsdale dispensaries in the future as hemp expansion considers across public acceptance and patient consumption revenue and taxes.

Marijuana Money

Marijuana Money: A Billion Dollar Problem

Legalization is upon us. Marijuana, once an illicit substance and now a slowly legalized medicinal substance, is the next big business, and companies are flocking to the industry to be the first to take advantage.

One by one, they’re finding their money troubles multiplying. Not lack of money. Having too much.

That’s right. Companies are making too much money, and it turns out that due to old laws still on the books, companies are having trouble finding banks and other financial institutions willing to host cash made in the marijuana industry.

Marijuana and Finance: a complicated history

Although it’s legal in many places, the world of finance is slow to catch up. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, and banks are reluctant to accept money made in the industry for fear of being shut down. This ban is the same at all stages of the industry from growers to consumers.

Cash business is difficult. It makes it hard for growers to price their products and for consumers to purchase. “It’s the biggest problem we have,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

Dealing only in cash puts business and consumers at risk for theft and creates issues in keeping industry practice above board. It’s difficult to report earnings for taxes, for instance. It’s difficult for dispensaries to pay employees. Everything that a financial institution provides from security to transparency is missing.

Legalization shows no signs of slowing down with even residents of the most federal city in the country, Washington D.C., recently voting to decriminalize possession and transfer of small amounts.

What it takes to finance marijuana

Marijuana is still classified as a federal Schedule 1 drug, the same category as harder drugs. This prevents any financial institution that depends on the Federal Reserve from accepting any funds directly or indirectly from the industry.

Banks fear that opening business to the marijuana industry will run them afoul of this law and shut them down. It’s not worth the risk, so most just ban marijuana money. The latest count suggested that around 105 banks and credit unions, out of some 100,000 in the US, accept money from the industry.

New laws passed recently are meant to allay banks’ fears. Banks must report money coming from the industry and that their customers comply with state laws. The Justice Department also directed U.S. attorneys not to pursue banks that adhere to these rules.

This hasn’t eased fear. A better way to do that is to downgrade marijuana’s drug classification to get around the old federal laws, something advocates are hoping for in the coming years as the industry continues to legalize. They also want to see states made into safe havens from the Controlled Substances Act.

Financing a billion dollar business

Some banks and credit unions are risking everything to open their doors to marijuana business. Some states and financial institutions are trying to get ahead of the problem without federal help.

One credit union in Washington State, Salel Credit, is one of the few institutions that have opened its doors to the industry. It’s a complicated process and one that is slow in implementation.

Large amounts of cash coming into these small branches does put employees at risk. The extra expense of precautions like armored cars is worth it for the banks, however, as they stand to house a lot of money in what’s become a billion dollar industry.

Right now, space is limited for these customers as banks cope with the changes. In the future, banks already participating hope to expand what they can offer to other customers.

Other types of finance have made their mark on the industry as well. Cryptocurrencies, which aren’t subject to federal regulations in the way that fiat money is are offering alternatives to traditional banking that businesses and consumers can use to finance the business and exchange currency for goods.

This might just be the beginning of a takeover of traditional finance from a radical new currency idea housed in networks of computer servers.

The irony of transparency

The formerly underground business is trying to go mainstream, but the biggest blocks to transparency still lie in old federal regulations that prevent companies from taking advantage of above board finance options.

Advocates are hoping that laws coming will change the ways that the industry and its consumers can do business and finally take marijuana from shadows into the light. Until the fed makes some changes, however, the continuing problem of too much money will haunt the industry.