How to Get a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card

Getting a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card

Thinking of getting a Massachusetts medical marijuana card but not sure where to start? We’d like to make things easier for you! That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide that gives you a quick breakdown of what you need to know to get a medical marijuana card in MA.

Is It Easy To Get a Medical Card In Massachusetts?

Many people put off getting a Massachusetts medical marijuana card because they’re under the impression that it’s a complicated process. In reality, obtaining a medical marijuana card isn’t as much of a hassle as you probably think. Not only that, but registration for the state’s medical cannabis program is now free,making the medical program even more accessible.

The process is simple and straightforward for those who qualify, and we’ll break it all down for you. But speaking of qualifying conditions: what are they and who qualifies?

Qualifying Conditions For a Medical Card In MA

In order to qualify for the medical cannabis program in Massachusetts, you need to have a qualifying condition. These are the qualifying conditions that are recognized in the state of Massachusetts at the time of writing:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/ Lou Gherig’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a certified physician

How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Massachusetts

In addition to having a qualifying condition, to apply to the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program you must also be 18 years of age or older and be a resident of Massachusetts (children can qualify to become patients of the Program but their registration process is different).

Next, you will need to obtain a written recommendation from a Certifying Health Care Provider. Certifying Health Care Providers may include physicians/doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants that have registered with the medical cannabis program.

After you have obtained certification from a doctor or healthcare practitioner, you will need to apply to the program. If you want to purchase cannabis for someone else, then the patient will need to register themselves and you’ll need to register as a Personal Caregiver.

Lastly, don’t forget that your registration will need to be renewed once a year. It’s recommended to apply for renewal at least 60 days before your card actually expires.

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What Does a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card Permit?

Once you have obtained your Massachusetts medical marijuana card you will be able to legally purchase and grow cannabis in the state of Massachusetts.

Registered patients can legally possess up to 60 days’ supply of medical cannabis flower, which is around 10 ounces. In addition to that, registered patients can also grow up to 12 flowering and 12 vegetative plants in their homes for their own personal use.

Medical Marijuana Cards in Massachusetts: Wrapping Up

We hope this post has helped illuminate the process for registering to become a medical patient in the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Already have a Massachusetts medical marijuana card? Then come by one of our dispensary locations today or check out our online menus right now to browse an expansive selection of medical cannabis products at great prices. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Resources Used by Writer:

https://masscannabiscontrol.com/know-the-laws/#medical-marijuana

https://leafwell.com/blog/how-to-get-a-massachusetts-medical-marijuana-card/

https://www.mass.gov/doc/patient-guidance-for-mmj-registration-2/download