Step 1: Get a Certification
The first step in the medical marijuana application process in Massachusetts is to get a written certification from a certifying healthcare provider who is registered with the program. This can be a physician, nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant.
Not sure how to talk to your doctor about medical marijuana? Here are a few tips for getting the conversation started.
Step 2: Receive Your PIN
Once you’ve been certified by your healthcare provider, you will receive an email with your unique four-digit personal identification number (PIN), along with instructions on how to register online.
Step 3: Complete Your Application
Once you have a recommendation from a healthcare provider, you can register for a medical cannabis card online at the Medical Use of Marijuana Program Online System or by mail using the downloadable registration form. (Please note that processing times for mail applications will be longer.)
Make sure to have the following items available:
- Your four-digit PIN
- A valid proof of Massachusetts residency, such as a current driver’s license or state ID card*
- A passport-style, color photo taken within the last six months days by a smartphone or a professional photographer
*A list of valid forms of identification that prove residency can be found on the Massachusetts Cannabis Control website
Step 4: Get Your Card
Once your application is approved, you’ll receive a temporary registration card via your online portal that can be used at a state-licensed dispensary for up to 14 days. You will receive your official card in the mail within 7-10 business days.
Interested in becoming a patient caregiver. View our guide here.
Step 5: Your First Dispensary Visit
You are eligible to visit any state-licensed dispensary in Massachusetts as soon as you have your temporary card. There are a few things to know before making your first visit, so read our guide to make your experience as stress-free as possible.
YOUR FIRST VISIT