About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Health - General
(a)   There is a Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission.
(b)   The Commission is an independent commission that functions within the Department.
(c)   The purpose of the Commission is to develop policies, procedures, guidelines, and regulations to implement programs to make medical cannabis available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner.
(d)    (1)   The Commission shall develop identification cards for qualifying patients and caregivers.
(2)    (i)   The Department shall adopt regulations that establish the requirements for identification cards provided by the Commission.
(ii)   The regulations adopted under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall include:
1.   The information to be included on an identification card;
2.   The method through which the Commission will distribute identification cards; and
3.   The method through which the Commission will track identification cards.
(e)   The Commission shall develop and maintain a Web site that:
(1)   Provides information on how an individual can obtain medical cannabis in the State; and
(2)   Provides contact information for licensed dispensaries.