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Medical Cannabis in Maryland

Disclaimer - While MedChi does not have a position on medical cannabis, we recognize that some members have decided to recommend cannabis to treat patients in the course of their practice.  We recognize that cannabis is a complex and contentious issue and we make no assurances or warranties regarding the below practices of cannabis as a medical tool. 

Updates from April 24, 2019

Effective October 1, 2019, the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission will be updated in accordance with House Bill 2 which was signed into legislation in 2018.   This legislation changes the makeup of the Commission and revises the requirements for membership.  A copy of the Bill is attached here for reference.


The Governor's Appointments Office is accepting applications for the following Commission seats (effective 10/1/19):

  • Two licensed non-certified providers who are physicians, dentists, podiatrist, nurse practitioners or nurse midwives.
  • One nurse or other health care provider experience in hospice, nominated by a State hospice trade association.
  • One pharmacist licensed in the State, nominated by a State research institution or trade association; and
  • One scientist who has experience in the science of cannabis, nominated by a State research institution
  •  Four members with substantial experience:
    • As an executive with fiduciary responsibilities for a large organization or foundation;
    • In an academic field relating to health, agriculture, finance, or addiction treatment; or
    • As a professional in a profession relating to health, agriculture, finance, or addiction treatment.

The attached document includes important information on additional requirements for applicants, the Commission's duties, time commitment, and other relevant information.  This information should be thoroughly reviewed by interested individuals prior to submission of an application.  

Interested applicants must submit a formal application by June 30, 2019 by clicking here.  

Update from January 4, 2018

Today the Justice Department repealed the Cole Memo that adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws. MedChi is reviewing the information and will provide what, if any, guidance to our members.

On January 4th, AG Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo and allow federal prosecutors decide how to enforce the federal law, even in the states that have legalized cannabis.  It is unclear how this will affect Maryland, as Maryland recently legalized medicinal cannabis

Materials from 3/30/2018 Cannabinoid Breakfast Series Meeting

Materials from 12/15/2017 Medical use of Cannabinoids Series Meeting