What to Expect from Your Medical Marijuana Evaluation

Jan 26, 2021 | Medical Marijuana

Has your family doctor recommended medical marijuana as treatment for a qualifying condition? Strict state guidelines must be adhered to, and you must first receive a medical marijuana evaluation from a physician who is certified by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

While the medical marijuana evaluation is relatively swift and straightforward, you will want to know what information to bring with you.

During your medical marijuana evaluation, the physician will:

  • Ask you about your reason for seeking treatment. In Maryland, qualifying medical conditions may include:
    • Cachexia
    • Anorexia
    • Wasting syndrome
    • Severe or chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures
    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
    • Glaucoma
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Other severe, chronic medical conditions
  • Review your medical history and current concerns and/or issues. Some individuals may not be good candidates for medical cannabis and high THC marijuana, including pregnant women, patients with a history of psychiatric disorders, and patients with a history of substance abuse, among others.
  • Review the medications you are currently taking, as medical cannabis can interact with some prescriptions.
  • Cover different methods for administration, strains, and any related precautions.
  • Patients will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their concerns, as well.

While face-to-face visits are commonplace, in the midst of the pandemic, a telehealth evaluation may be possible.

If the evaluating physician believes this course of treatment would be beneficial for your condition, he or she will provide you with authorization and/or issue a temporary patient ID card for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which can be used at any licensed state dispensary.

Quality First Urgent Care offers medical marijuana evaluations for new and existing patients. Appointments can be scheduled online, and patients are required to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission prior to their evaluation. All required documentation must be dated within the last 90 days.

Questions? Learn more about our evaluation process online and contact our facility today to set up an appointment.