Skip to main content
Close Menu
Doctor holding stethoscope

Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

Qualifying For Your Medical Marijuana Card In Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program, which began on November 6, 2012, is managed by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). The CCC provides a variety of articles to educate patients and caregivers of patients interested in the medical marijuana program. They also manage patient applications, registrations, and renewals. To learn more about the medical marijuana program in Massachusetts, read on.

Man looking toward sun

Become a Medical Cannabis Patient in Massachusetts

Medical marijuana is regulated much differently than recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, and for good reason—it’s used by patients as a treatment for their qualifying medical conditions. The process to become a medical cannabis card holder requires a few steps before getting approved by the state. 

Qualifications for Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

Applicants for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts must have a certification from a health care provider that states you have a qualifying medical condition. Healthcare providers include doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who are registered with the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program. This medical practitioner will need to provide a certification that you suffer from one of the qualifying conditions. 

Get a Medical Cannabis Card in Massachusetts

When you receive your certification, you’ll receive a four-digit PIN and instructions for how to register online. There are several documents you’ll need to provide, so be sure to visit our Get a Card page for complete step-by-step instructions.

GET A Card

Become a Caregiver

Patients are able to designate up to two personal caregivers. These caregivers can aid the patient in a variety of things, including: transportation to a medical marijuana treatment center; purchasing marijuana for the patient; and preparing the marijuana for the patient’s consumption. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver, visit the CCC website.


Medical Cannabis for Minors

Guardian and parent caregivers of children under the age of 18 can enroll their child in the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. To do so, they must have certifications from two health care providers, one of which must be a pediatrician or pediatric specialist.


FAQs About Medical Cannabis in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has a variety of resources available for people interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get questions every day. We’re happy to answer those questions here to ensure you have the information you need before applying.

Medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts for patients with a Medical Use of Marijuana Program ID card, also referred to as a medical marijuana card.

In order to purchase medical marijuana in Massachusetts, you or your caregiver must have a medical marijuana card and purchase from a licensed dispensary. 

Massachusetts does not require medical marijuana patients to pay any taxes on medical marijuana purchases.

You are not prescribed specific medical marijuana products in Massachusetts. Rather, you obtain a medical marijuana card, after certification by a qualified healthcare professional, and purchase the medical marijuana that best suits your needs. We recommend all medical marijuana patients consult with their healthcare provider on the best course of treatment.

woman hugging patient

Know the Ins and Outs Massachusetts Marijuana Laws to Become a Cardholder

Helping medical marijuana cardholders is one of the many jobs we do at our licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. We have cannabis experts on staff to help you find and purchase the right medical cannabis for you. If you have questions about products or the tools to consume your medical cannabis, visit one of our medical dispensaries in Massachusetts.

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

  • IL
  • MD
  • MA
  • NY
  • OH
  • PA
For the best experience, please select a state.

By entering the website, you accept our use of cookies and agree to our Privacy Policy & Terms of Use