Medical Cannabis: Effective Pain Relief
Terrapin Care Center is a multi-disciplinary medical pain management clinic. We provide both education and medical cannabis therapy. To begin the process, our healthcare providers provides information and consultation services to clients who need to understand cannabis basics and also help to determine if this pain management modality is possibly a good fit for the patient.
Next, you will meet with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate medical practitioners who will give you a thorough evaluation. If our office feels that the benefits of cannabis outweigh the risks and that cannabis therapy may help you, the physician will electronically fill out the Physician Certification to register you with the Cannabis Commission. The cost for this service is $100 for self-pay patients, payable by cash or card. We also accept most insurance cards.
Patients should not assume that when paying the $100 that they will automatically be certified. This fee is for a pain management consult only. There is no charge to be certified. The fee is for the medical practitioner’s time.
FAQs About Medical Cannabis
Does my condition qualify me for medical cannabis?
Our medical practitioners can issue a written certification for any severe condition which has not been relieved by other medical treatments. The doctor will do this if, in his or her judgment, the condition could reasonably be expected to be relieved by cannabis therapy. Our physician will certify a patient for a chronic or debilitating disease, or a medical condition that is pain management related ONLY. Since we are a pain management clinic we need to stay within the scope of our practice as such:
- Severe loss of appetite due to pain
- Wasting due to pain
- Acute or chronic pain
- Extreme or persistent muscle spasms
Should I do anything prior to my appointment?
Patients should complete the registration on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Registry website. The commission will send you an email with your patient ID number. Please have the medical records from the physician that treated you for your condition ready before proceeding to the site.
What should I bring to my appointment?
You must bring the medical documentation of the condition for what you wish to be certified, a government-issued photo ID and the patient identification number issued to you by the Commission.
Is there a registration fee for the Medical Cannabis Program?
No, there is no fee for a patient to register with the state.
Will I receive an ID card?
A specific ID card will not be necessary to access the dispensaries. Your state-issued photo ID and patient identification number are all you need. If you would like an ID card, you may request a patient ID card from the state for $50.
Do I have to register with a specific dispensary?
No, you will be free to use any dispensary of your choice throughout Maryland.
Can I grow my own cannabis?
No, home cultivation has not been approved.
Will Maryland dispensaries recognize other state medical cannabis ID cards?
At this time, medical cannabis ID cards from other states are not recognized.
How much medical cannabis and medical cannabis-infused product can I purchase in 30 days?
You can purchase up to 120 grams of dried flower and 36 grams of cannabis-infused products within a 30-day period.
Can I use the dispensaries in other medical states or the District of Columbia until dispensaries are available in Maryland?
No. There is no reciprocity with other states. The state of Maine, however, does allow visitors to obtain a certification through their doctor for temporary use. If you are traveling to Maine, please be sure to let us know.
Call Terrapin Care Center to Learn More
Want to learn more about medical cannabis or eligibility requirements? Contact us today at (301) 328-1996 or fill out our online form to learn how we can help you. We are conveniently located at 9658 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 420, in College Park, MD.