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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts

Step-by-Step Guide to Joining the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Program

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.

Learn more about the Massachusetts medical marijuana program with our guide.

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 by a Certifying Healthcare Provider.

Step 1: Get a Medical Marijuana 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 Massachusetts Medical Marijuana 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 Massachusetts Medical Marijuana 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.

Step 5: Your First Massachusetts 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.  

Have questions? We’ve got answers

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge with medical marijuana, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly cannabis sales consultants are happy to talk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?

Conditions like cancer, Crohn’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis qualify for medical marijuana in Massachusetts. For a complete list, visit the Cannabis Control Commission website.

How much does a medical marijuana card cost in Massachusetts?

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.

How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?

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.

How long is my medical marijuana card good for in Massachusetts?

Medical marijuana cards are valid for one year in Massachusetts, expiring annually on the anniversary of your registration date. To renew, you’ll need to visit a participating healthcare provider and obtain an updated patient certification. Please note you will need your original four-digit PIN assigned to you during your initial registration.

How do I register as a medical marijuana caregiver in Massachusetts? 

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

Where can I use my medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

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.

How much medical marijuana can I purchase in Massachusetts?

Once you have your valid Massachusetts medical marijuana card, you are able to purchase up to a 60-day supply of cannabis, as dictated by your certifying physician. 

Can I use an out-of-state medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?

No, Massachusetts does not have a medical marijuana reciprocity program, which means that Massachusetts does not accept medical marijuana cards issued in other states.