Maryland Marijuana Laws
The ninth state to allow Medical Marijuana as an affirmative defense. Maryland Medical Marijuana law can only be used as a defense against prosecution and imprisonment for individuals who have less than 1 ounce of usable cannabis. A possible maximum penalty of $100 for those using medical need as their defense of marijuana or paraphernalia possession.
As Medical Marijuana Maryland law is only for defense from prosecution, there is no formalized application or registration process. In order to be protected, a patient must prove–via written certification from a licensed physician—they were recommended for the use of medical marijuana. The qualification requirements of a valid, written physician’s certification of eligibility or qualifying condition is not stated in Maryland Marijuana Laws.
Protection under Medical Marijuana Maryland laws are limited to individuals who are in possession of less than 1 ounce of usable cannabis, and has no information regarding cultivation or distribution. In addition, no information is provided regarding the patient and caregiver relationship. No age restrictions are discussed, nor housing or employment protection, or insurance reimbursement. Finally, any individuals protected or registered in other states have any protection from marijuana possession in Maryland.