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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts

Medical Cannabis in Massachusetts

Massachusetts became a recreational cannabis state in 2018, but there are still many benefits to joining the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program. If you’re interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card, Verilife is here to guide you through the process. Every state has its own program and set of regulations, so make sure to follow our Massachusetts-specific guide below.

Interested in learning the difference between medical vs recreational cannabis? Read our guide.

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Getting Started

Before you begin the medical marijuana application process in Massachusetts, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old OR a minor with an adult caregiver
  • A legal resident of Massachusetts with proof of residency
  • A certified diagnosis from the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program’s list of qualifying conditions.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no fee to apply for, receive, or renew a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts. There is a $10 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards.

Once you are approved for a card, you will receive an email notification. You will be able to print a temporary paper program ID from your online portal. The Cannabis Control Commission will send you a permanent card within 2 weeks of your approval date.

You will need the patient’s PIN to begin your application. Click here for more information on how to register as a patient caregiver.

You can use your medical cannabis card in any state-licensed dispensary that offers a medical program. Your card is not valid outside of Massachusetts.

Patients and caregivers must always carry their registry ID card whenever they are in possession of  approved medical cannabis products, and no one may carry cannabis products outside the state of Massachusetts.

This website contains cannabis information and is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Please confirm your age:

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