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Requirements For Caregivers

A caregiver is a person who physically and mentally supports a patient who is a minor or an adult patient who no longer can care for themself because of ailment, trauma, or inability. As per state laws, a patient under 18 years can not purchase medical marijuana. So a minor patient needs to choose one or two caregivers to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC). The assigned caregiver should also enroll with the MMCC to obtain a registry ID card so the caregiver can buy, possess, transfer, and administer approved medical marijuana products on behalf of the minor or adult patient. Click here to know how to register as a caregiver for adult or minor patients.

Age Limit

The age of a caregiver should be more than 21 years.

Who Can be Designated as a Caregiver?

Check out the following details to learn more about who can be assigned as a caregiver for the adult and minor patients:

For Adult Patient:

  • Register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
  • Receive approval from the Commission
  • Purchase an I.D. card from the Commission for a fee of $50

For Minor Patient:

  • A parent of the minor patient
  • A Legal guardian of the minor patient.
  • A person assigned by the parents or legal guardian.
  • A suitable person licensed by the Department of Health due to no legal guardian or parent.
  • Register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
  • Receive approval from the Commission
  • Purchase an I.D. card from the Commission for a fee of $50

To Register as a caregiver, you will need:

  • A valid email account.
  • Full 9- digit SSN or Social Security Number
  • Government-issued photo I.D. (SoftCopy)
  • Residence Proof (SoftCopy)
  • An electronic copy of a recent colored photograph with white background

While uploading the photograph, keep in mind the following points:

  • Make sure to use a free, highly-rated passport photo app to click the photograph. These apps are obtainable on Google Play Store, the App Store, and other app providers.
  • The picture should be taken by someone else. Don’t use Selfies.
  • The photograph should seem like a passport photo or a driver’s license photo.
  • Photo should be taken within six months so that it shows the applicant’s current look.
  • The background of the photograph should be white or off-white.
  • The applicant should be facing the camera and have either a neutral facial appearance or a genuine smile.
  • The applicant should be dressed but not wear any hat, head covering, any object, sunglasses, or dark glasses​. If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with the application.
  • Upload the photograph in .jpg format. The size of the image should not be larger than 3 M.B.
  • The photograph should not be digitally heightened or modified in a way that transforms the applicant’s face.
  • You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.
  • You can wear jewellery and keep on your facial piercings if they do not hide your face. Permanent tattoos are acceptable for passport purposes as well.

Note: We understand that wearing masks and face covering is essential due to COVID-19, but we require you to see your entire face to establish your identity. So, take off your mask or face covering while someone takes your passport photo. You can keep six feet of distance to maintain social distancing while clicking the photograph.

Here are the following documents that can be used as proof for registration:

For Identification

  • Driver’s license
  • Military identification card (Electronic copy of Both Back And Front side)
  • An identification card issued by the State Government
  • US Passport

If your provided identification proof is not a Maryland driver’s license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card (MVA ID) or your documents do not identify your current address, you will need to give two of the below-mentioned documents as verification of your current home address in Maryland:

Note:The applicants should submit documents, including their name and address mentioned on them. Also, the identification proof should not be from the same two organizations, such as two documents issued by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

  • Health Insurance documents issued by the State of Maryland, including Maryland Health Connection, Medicaid, Medicare, and more
  • Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) registration card/title
  • Utility Bills, such as Gas or cable/satellite TV or telephone bill
  • ​​​Mortgage statement of homeownership
  • Property tax bill
  • Bank account statement
  • Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) change of address card
  • Selective Service Card
  • Major credit card bill (Visa, MasterCard, Wal-Mart, Target, and more)
  • W-2 statements
  • Car insurance policy
  • Social Security or Social services IDs issued by the state of Maryland
  • Resident lease or rental contract between owner and occupant, including their signatures
  • Paystubs dated within three months