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Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule 1

The Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary does not support the existing law by the U.S. government that lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. Medical marijuana has been proven to help individuals who have an approved medical condition, and have been certified to obtain medical marijuana by a licensed certifier, through a highly selective process of strains and products.

As of June 2017, 29 states and DC have legalized medical marijuana, and hundreds of individuals and organizations are working to provide educational support on the value of medical marijuana use. Some organizations include: NORML, Marijuana Policy Project, LEAP, Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and more.

Education

What does The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) do?

The MMCC develops policies, procedures, and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner. They also oversee all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, certifiers, providers, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.

When will/how long has the dispensary been open?

Business operations are anticipated to begin in December 2017. Normal hours of operation are anticipated, which will include limited evening hours to accommodate our patients: Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Closed Sunday.

Which products are offered?
We offer a large variety of medical marijuana products in order to provide the best suited options for our patients’ wide range of conditions and needs. Our staff is trained to properly educate patients on the use of their product selections in order to make safety the highest priority.
Where is the dispensary located?
The Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary is located in a secure location in Cumberland: 100 Beall Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 (exit 43A off I-68).
Which medical marijuana is best for pain?
Medical marijuana hybrid strain ACDC is one of the most effective painkilling strains due to its one-two punch of cannabinoids CBD and THC. Cannabis strains with high amounts of both THC and CBD tend to make the best pain medicines. There are other high-CBD strains that also offer similar chemical profiles of ACDC.
Which medical marijuana is best for anxiety?
The first step to picking a good strain to combat your anxiety is recognizing your tolerance and sensitivity, and step two involves experimenting with new strains to determine which best suit your symptoms. Often, low-THC, high-CBD strains can be life-changing for anxiety sufferers (but strains rich in THC can also help).
Which medical marijuana is best for glaucoma?
Some studies studies have shown that cannabinoids can alleviate glaucoma-related symptoms because they lower the intraocular pressure (IOP) and have neuroprotective actions.
How does medical marijuana help with seizures?

Cannabis has some incredible medical effects and benefits that can help patients suffering from seizures. When it comes to treating Epilepsy or Dravet Syndrom with medical marijuana, it should always be done under the care of a physician, and in addition to current medications. Almost all Epilepsy patients who report some relief from cannabis continue to use RX medications in addition to help control seizures. The best treatment for patients suffering from seizures seems to come from high-CBD, low-THC forms of cannabis, extracts or hash oil.

Is using medical marijuana with asthma ok?
Cannabis has the potential to alleviate symptoms experienced by asthma patients regardless of the method of consumption. However, this does not mean all of these methods are equal in efficiency. It also does not mean that using any of the least asthma-friendly ones are entirely harmless. Key elements to consider are:

 

 

  • Optimal safety
  • Potential for instant relief
  • Controllable dosage and efficiency

Smoking cannabis is still an option, but depending on the severity of your condition, it may escalate an existing asthma-related crisis, or even trigger one. Edibles, on the other hand, because of certain variables such as the time they may take to release their effects, can be used as a long-term treatment, but would not be reliable enough in the case of an attack. This is why for emergency treatments, vaporizing is definitely the best option for cannabis and asthma. Not only is the release of cannabinoids in the body close to optimal, the risks for the lungs are at an absolute minimum.

Can medical marijuana be used to treat addiction?
A law is being decided by the Maryland legislators that would permit the medical attendants to use medical marijuana in providing treatment to opioid addicts. Del. Cheryl Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat, said that the issues they experience with heroin addicts could be dealt with using the law to be enacted in the region.

 

 

It is meant to improve the medical marijuana program in Maryland and that the proposal is part of a larger bill overhaul. Patients who are afflicted with opioid use disorder will be prescribed the medical marijuana giving doctors the green light after the bill is passed. In 2016, there was an estimated number of 2000 opioid and heroin overdose deaths in Maryland. Unorthodox solutions to the crisis have also been made open by the bill advocates.

Can medical marijuana treat a medical condition without the high?
Yes, there are different strains for different conditions. Look for the high-CBD strains of medical marijuana products. Many of these varieties have been bred to contain only trace amounts of THC, so they won’t produce any psychoactive “high” effect, no matter how you consume them.
Is medical marijuana a prescription?
No, medical marijuana is not a written prescription, in the state of Maryland, that has been prescribed by a doctor. A Maryland provider will certify you for medical marijuana use.
Who will certify medical marijuana?
Providers will certify someone a patient or patient caregiver if they have an approved medical condition.
Who gets medical marijuana in Maryland?
Patients and patient caregivers from Maryland who have an approved medical condition, and have been certified for medical marijuana use by a registered Maryland certifier, can obtain medical marijuana from the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary.

 

 

You must be 18 years of age, or under 18 with a registered caregiver to oversee your condition, with any of the below, approved medical conditions to register:

  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia (A state of severe weight loss and tissue wasting secondary to underlying disease — e.g., AIDS, terminal cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, multiple sclerosis, anorexia nervosa, malnutrition, congestive heart failure, tuberculosis, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, mercury poisoning and hormone deficiency.)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Severe Pain
  • Wasting Syndrome

To register, you will need to go to mmcc.maryland.gov then click on patient and caregivers.

Where can I learn more?
For further inquiries, please call (888) 446-3420.