Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has recently made marijuana legal for recreational use, and medical marijuana was legalized in 2012. It is currently legal to carry up to 1 ounce (28g) of usable pot outside the home and 10 ounces (280g) inside the home. Patients, caregivers and recreational users can grow up to 6 plants in their own home.

For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Leafwell online.

So, now that marijuana is legal to use recreationally in Massachusetts, why would you want a medical card? Well, if you’re sick or have chronic and persistent pain, then it may well be worth utilising Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Program. There are also tax breaks for medical patients, and the cost of medical marijuana will likely be cheaper and more stringently tested for medicinal purposes.


Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person.



How Old Do I Have to Be to Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

7 – 14 days, although some will say to give it up to 30 days.

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

10 ounces over a 2 month period.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’ disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Any other condition serious enough for the physician examining you and for which he/she will recommend medical marijuana


Medical Marijuana Laws

2012 – Ballot Question 3, “An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana”  is approved. This means that qualifying patients, physicians, caregivers, healthcare professionals or medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers are not punished by the state for using, recommending or distributing marijuana for medical purposes.

2016 – Recreational marijuana is legalized with the passing of Question 4.

No more than 35 state-licensed dispensaries are allowed to operate in Massachusetts.

Caregiver programs exist, but patient must prove that they can either not get to a dispensary (e.g. due to proximity or for health reasons).

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

Patients may possess up to 10 ounces every 2 months. This amount is the maximum allowed in one’s home.

Outside of the home, possession is limited to one ounce of cannabis bud/flower and 5 g of concentrates.

There is no reciprocity with other medical marijuana states.

Home cultivation is allowed – up to 6 plants.

There is a tax of $3.50 per gram of cannabis if owner possesses 40 g or more.


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