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    Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Baltimore, Maryland

    Despite playing an integral role in so many elements of American history, Baltimore, Maryland has fallen behind the curve when it comes to cannabis regulations. Currently, Baltimore only allows for medical marijuana purchase and use — but recreational legalization efforts continue. 

    Cannabis Laws to Know in Baltimore

    Beginning in the 17th century, Maryland required landowners to devote at least a portion of their property to the production of hemp. After cannabis became prohibited in the 20th century, a legacy of cannabis consumption remained throughout the state and particularly in Baltimore. Yet, despite having some of the highest rates for marijuana-related arrests, Maryland continues to outlaw the sale of cannabis for recreational adult use.

    There have been several efforts to legalize recreational cannabis, especially during the 2010s. Most recently, a state lawmaker has filed a legalization bill to be considered in 2021. Whether this bill will pass, only the future can say for certain.

    Fortunately, Maryland does permit the sale and use of marijuana for medical reasons, and thousands of Marylanders take advantage of the state program to treat health conditions with cannabis.

    Medical Marijuana

    Medical marijuana in Baltimore has been legal since 2013. But only in 2016 did lawmakers agree to and enact a functional dispensary program; Baltimore dispensaries have only been operational since 2017. To obtain medical marijuana in Baltimore, you need to have a valid card issued by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), which anyone can obtain through the registration and application process.

    How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Baltimore

    To gain access to dispensaries selling medical marijuana in Baltimore, you first need to register on the MMCC website, providing proof of identity, proof of residency, and a working email address. Then, you need to submit a written certification from a health care provider that you suffer from a condition that qualifies you for cannabis treatment. In Maryland, you can obtain this certification from a physician, a nurse practitioner, or even a dentist or podiatrist.

    Once these documents are submitted through the MMCC portal, you will pay a $50 application fee and gain access to a temporary medical marijuana card to use at a licensed Baltimore dispensary.

    Where Is It Legal to Consume Cannabis in Baltimore?

    Maryland law states that cannabis use can only occur in private spaces. Vehicles are not considered private, and thus it is illegal to consume weed inside them. Though cardholders can transport up to an ounce of cannabis anywhere in the state — except federal property, in which federal cannabis law rules — Baltimore marijuana users are restricted to their homes and other places with landowner permission to toke.

    How to Buy Cannabis at a Baltimore Dispensary

    Medical marijuana dispensaries in Baltimore are typically open from around 8AM to 8PM. During your visit, you should expect to wait to see a budtender one-on-one, which helps the dispensary ensure that you are purchasing cannabis products that adequately treat your health condition. Maryland does not have purchasing limits, but because possession limits cap at about four ounces — which is considered a 30-day supply — you shouldn’t purchase more than you can legally possess. Additionally, you shouldn’t expect to find edibles available at Baltimore dispensaries.

    How Much Does Cannabis Cost in Baltimore?

    In Baltimore, marijuana flower costs about $16 per gram. Processed cannabis products, like concentrates, vaporizers, tinctures, and the like, will cost more.

    Cannabis Taxes in Baltimore

    Because cannabis is only given to patients relying on the drug for treatment, it is classified as a medicine under Maryland law and not subject to any taxation.

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