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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts
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Submit application and PIN number provided by the doctor to the State website.
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Receive your physical card 1-2 weeks after your application has been approved.
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Common conditions cannabis recommended for include
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's Disease
- Crohn's Disease
- HIV/AIDS (Positive Status)
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's Disease (PD)
- Any other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.
Frequently Asked Questions
Recommendation letter on its own = $149 at Leafwell.co
State application fee = Currently not stated on the website. Previously this was $50 but there is no longer a mention of an application fee. However, there is a $10 fee for replacement cards.
Renewal fee = $149
In Massachusetts, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation and card:
– Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
– Crohn’s disease
– Hepatitis C
– Multiple Sclerosis (when debilitating)
– Parkinson’s disease (when debilitating)
– Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying healthcare provider
“Debilitating” is defined in the Regulations as “causing weakness, cachexia, wasting syndrome, intractable pain, or nausea, or impairing strength or ability, and progressing to such an extent that one or more of a patient’s major life activities is substantially limited.”
Telemedicine for medical cannabis is legal in Massachusetts. Therefore Leafwell’s services are accessible via telehealth in Massachusetts.
There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Massachusetts to obtain your medical marijuana card:
1. Create a Leafwell account using a valid email address and choosing a password. You’ll then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to either take or upload a photograph of identification (Leafwell is required by law to verify your identity). You will need a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a reliable internet connection and a working camera to be seen by a Leafwell provider.
2. Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room where you’ll be connected Leafwell provider for a video chat (i.e., a virtual doctor’s visit). (You will receive a text message to your cell phone when the provider is ready to see you.) During the video chat, the provider will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medical marijuana certification.
3. If you are approved for a medical marijuana card, you’ll be sent a copy of your recommendation letter via email. You’ll also receive your PIN number which is needed to begin your application on the state medical marijuana program website.
Leafwell requires the following documents for your online visit:
– Photo ID (e.g., driver’s permit/license, state ID, or U.S. passport)
– Proof of address (e.g., utility bill, mortgage, rental lease, bank statement)
– Medical records (e.g. patient history, doctor’s notes, prescription information/history, imaging/scan results)
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts. Caregivers must also be over 21 years of age.
In Massachusetts, you can get a medical marijuana card for a minor with parental/guardian consent. Medical marijuana has been proven to be effective for many conditions suffered by children.
The Leafwell providers understand this and frequently work with parents to help them get their children fthe medical care they need.
Yes, medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts can have a caregiver. The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Safety defines a medical marijuana caregiver as “a person, registered by the Department, who is at least 21 years old, who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana.
To apply as a caregiver, you’ll need to provide:
- The personal caregiver’s full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, and email address, and a statement that the individual is at least 21 years of age;
- Full name, date of birth, and address of the qualifying patient for whom the personal caregiver will be providing assistance with the use of marijuana for medical purposes;
- A copy of the personal caregiver’s driver’s license, government-issued identification card, or other verifiable identity document acceptable to the Department;
- A statement of whether the caregiver will be cultivating marijuana for the patient, and at what address, if the patient is granted a hardship cultivation registration;
- Written acknowledgement by the personal caregiver of the limitations on his or her authorization to cultivate, possess, and dispense to his or her registered qualifying patient, marijuana for medical purposes in the Commonwealth;
- An attestation by the personal caregiver that he or she will not engage in the diversion of marijuana and that he or she understands that protections conferred by the Act for possession of marijuana for medical use are applicable only within Massachusetts; and
- Any other information required by the Department.
Yes, Leafwell can help you renew your medical marijuana certificate and card. If you’re a returning patient, all your information is stored in our HIPAA-compliant platform, and the process is quick and easy.
If you are not already a Leafwell patient, click here to create an account and complete your renewal.
Massachusetts medical marijuana recommendations are valid for one year. When you use Leafwell to obtain your certificate, we’ll send you a reminder email one month before your card is due to expire to make sure you have plenty of time to submit your renewal application.
In Massachusetts, you can possess the following amounts with a valid MMJ Card:
– Flower: Up to 60 days’ supply may be recommended, which is determined to be around 10 oz.
– Concentrates: 1 gram = 5.3 grams of raw flower.
This suggests that there is a maximum of approximately 50 g of concentrate for medical patients.
If you have a medical marijuana card, you can buy cannabis in Massachusetts at a licensed dispensary or use a licensed delivery service. Also, you can grow your own cannabis – up to six plants per person per household.
Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:
– Alaska ^
– Arkansas *
– California ^
– Colorado ^
– Hawaii *
– Oklahoma *
– Oregon ^
– Puerto Rico
– Washington ^
– Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.
No, there is not a public database. the commission keeps a confidential, interoperable database of registered qualifying patients.
Upon receiving your written or electronic certification for medical marijuana, you need to register with the commission as a qualifying patient.
Yes, we do. All of the doctors who work with Leafwell are licensed physicians within Massachusetts and experienced medical marijuana doctors.
We’re committed to working with physicians who understand the value of medical cannabis and can help people interested in trying medical marijuana and providing medical support and guidance.
Yes, a Medical Marijuana patient or their caregiver can grow up to six mature plants. The plants must be kept in an enclosed facility.
Leafwell does have physical locations throughout the United States. They can range from kiosks where you can access a tablet or computer and speak to a qualified medical marijuana doctor online via our virtual clinic on our own telehealth platform, to fully-fledged physicians’ clinics. However, opening hours at these locations differ, and COVID-19 restrictions may apply in some places. This means that the simplest, safest and easiest way to get your medical cannabis certificate and MMJ card is online. You can do so from anywhere in Massachusetts, and we are open from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week.
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