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How getting a medical marijuana card works for qualifying patients in Massachusetts.

  1. Step 1
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    Sign Up

    No appointment necessary. Register with Leafwell on any device and consult with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors in minutes.

  2. Step 2
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    Get Your Patient PIN

    Healthcare providers will submit the information of qualifying patients to the state and issue your patient PIN and temporary medical card.

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    Apply with the State of MA

    Log on to the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program website and complete the state application with your PIN and instructions.

  4. Step 4
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    Receive Your Medical Cannabis Card

    You’ll receive a plastic MA marijuana program registration card via U.S. mail within one to two weeks of application approval.

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See a detailed step-by-step explainer on all the requirements for medical marijuana patients in MA.

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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Massachusetts is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps if you're looking to get a medical marijuana card.

  1. Book An Appointment with Leafwell
  2. Get Your Patient PIN and Temporary Registration Card
  3. Apply to the State’s Medical Marijuana Program
  4. Get Your Official Card In the Mail
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Qualifying Medical Conditions

The following is a list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment in Massachusetts:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (PN)
  • Viral and Prion Disease or Infections of the Central Nervous System (CNS)

Other debilitating* conditions as declared in writing by the patient’s certifying healthcare provider.

*Debilitating” is defined by state law 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.”

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    Eligibility / Patient

    You must be 18 and have at least one qualifying medical condition to get a card for medical marijuana treatment in Massachusetts.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Minors can have a parent or guardian become their caregiver and apply for a medical cannabis card on their behalf.

    The minor must have certifications from two healthcare providers, one being a pediatrician or pediatric specialist.

    Please note: Leafwell cannot certify minors in Massachusetts at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Note: A caregiver's MMJ card does not qualify you for medical marijuana use. You must apply for your own card if you are eligible.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts:

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    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    A copy of the medical marijuana recommendation from your healthcare provider – you can download this from your Leafwell profile.

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    Proof of Identity

    MA Driver’s License, MA State ID, US Military ID or US Passport with Proof of Residency

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    Proof That You're a Massachusetts Resident

    Acceptable proof that you’re a legal resident is anything that shows your current address, like:

    • Utility bills,
    • Bank statements,
    • Current property tax statements,
    • Voter registration cards, and
    • Health insurance documents.
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Next Steps After Approval

Congrats on getting your medical certification! You’re almost there, but there are a few more steps to complete to get a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts. Let’s dive in!

  • Before You Start: What You’ll Need
    • A credit or debit card for payment
    • A valid photo ID
    • Your personal identification number (PIN) from your appointment with Leafwell
  • Complete Application: Patient logs into the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program to complete the application.
  • Get Temporary ID: Once reviewed, medical marijuana patients will be issued a Temporary Program ID Card (valid for 42 days) and can shop for medical marijuana in Massachusetts while they wait for the state to mail a physical card 1-2 weeks later.
  • Start Shopping: With your new card and a valid photo ID (like a valid driver’s license), you can legally purchase cannabis for medical use from your designated state-licensed dispensary.

How to Renew Your Card

It’s easy for registered qualifying patients to renew their Massachusetts medical marijuana card with Leafwell. The process is a bit shorter than when you get a medical marijuana card for the first time in MA. To see a step-by-step explainer on renewing your medical marijuana cards in this state and to start the process, check out our MA renewal page.

Legal Topics

Navigating the legal landscape of marijuana for medical use can be a bit tricky, but we’re here to break it down for you. Here are some key points you should be aware of if you’re a medical cannabis patient in Massachusetts:

  • Medical cannabis cannot be used publicly or on federal land.
  • It’s illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana or to have an open container of marijuana in a vehicle while on the road or in a public place.
  • While driving, any medical cannabis products should be stored in a closed container in the trunk or a locked glove compartment.
  • There is a tax of $3.50 per gram of medical cannabis if the owner possesses 40 grams or more.


If you’re looking to become a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Massachusetts, there are some important rules and steps you’ll need to follow.

Picking Up for Patients

Good news! As an adult caregiver, you can pick up medical marijuana from a dispensary on behalf of a registered patient. Handy, right?

Caregiver Limitations

An individual may not be a Personal Caregiver for more than five medical patients at once. If the patient is a minor, having a caregiver is a must.

Application Process

Personal caregivers must submit a separate application to get a medical marijuana caregiver card.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, you must:

  1. Be at least 21.
  2. Live in Massachusetts and have proof of residency.
  3. Have a Massachusetts driver’s license or a state-issued ID card with your current address.
  4. Carry their medical ID card at all times.
  5. Notify the state within five days if the card is lost, stolen, or destroyed: 617-660-537.


If approved, you will receive your registration card in the mail within 10-15 business days.


Massachusetts does not offer medical marijuana reciprocity to cardholders from other states with medical programs. However, anyone 21 or older can purchase marijuana for recreational use.

That said, your MA medical card will be recognized in these other states and territories:


Arkansas *

Hawaii *



Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)


New Hampshire

New Jersey *

New Mexico

Oklahoma *

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

U.S. Virgin Islands *

Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)

Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.


How much does a Massachusetts medical marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a Massachusetts medical cannabis card costs $99 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend, and each of you will save 10% on your consultation.

Patients will need to complete their state registration with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to receive their patient ID card.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical cannabis certificate and card:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • 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.”

How does the online evaluation process work for getting a medical marijuana recommendation letter/medical certificate in Massachusetts?

There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell healthcare provider to get approved for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Massachusetts-licensed healthcare provider via our HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform, which involves creating a Leafwell account using a valid email address. You’ll be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to either take or upload a photograph of identification (we’re 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. Schedule an appointment or enter the virtual waiting room. You will receive a text message on your cell phone when the provider is ready to see you. You’ll be connected to a Leafwell healthcare provider for a video chat (i.e., a virtual doctor’s visit). During the visit, your provider will assess your medical condition(s) to determine if you qualify for a Massachusetts medical marijuana certification.
  3. Once you’re approved, we’ll send you a copy of your certification via email, which you’ll need to register with the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program through the state’s Cannabis Control Commission. Use the PIN on your certificate to complete and submit your state registration. When your state registration is approved, you’ll receive a printable Temporary Program ID Card (valid for 42 days) to purchase medical cannabis, while your plastic Program ID Card will arrive in the mail in one to two weeks.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card.

Minor patients may apply with consent from a custodial parent or legal guardian.

Caregivers must be 21 or older.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Massachusetts?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts can have a caregiver. Caregivers must complete their own registration using their patient’s PIN.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older.
  • Patients can designate up to two caregivers. Caregivers can serve up to five patients.
  • An employee of a hospice, nursing, or medical facility who’s providing care to a qualifying patient, may serve as a designated caregiver; including, to patients younger than 18 as a second caregiver.
  • Must carry medical ID card at all times.
  • Notify the state within 5 days if the card is lost, stolen, or destroyed: 617-660-5370

Here’s how to apply as a caregiver:

  1. After obtaining a PIN from your Patient, log on to the Online System.
  2. Click the “Register as the Caregiver of an Adult Patient” button on the home page.
    1. If the patient is a minor, click the “Register as the Parent or Legal Guardian of a Pediatric Patient (Under 18)” button.
  3. Enter your identifying information.
  4. On the next page, you will see instructions for registering. After reading the instruction page, click “Proceed” to continue the application.
  5. On the following page, you will enter your personal information in the provided field. For renewals, your current registration information will automatically appear in the application fields.
  6. Continuing on the same page, you will read the attestation and select the checkbox to agree to the attestation.
  7. Next, you will click the “Proceed” button to continue.
  8. Enter your ID details.
    1. If you selected a State License or State ID for the form of identification and the system is unable to retrieve your photograph from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), you will next go to the Identification Verification page. Review your information and correct any incorrect items. Click the “Proceed” button to continue.
    2. If the identification being used is not from Massachusetts, click the “Proceed” button.
  9. On the next page, enter your identification document expiration date, select the file containing your scanned identification document, and upload it by clicking the “Upload” button. You will then see the document listed in a table above the form. To continue, click the “Proceed” button.
  10. On the next page, you will select the file containing your identification photo and upload it by clicking the “Upload” button. If the system was able to obtain your photograph from the Massachusetts RMV, you will see the photo displayed.
  11. If the system is able to obtain the photo after you upload a photograph, you will have the option to use this photograph. You then may click the “Proceed” to continue.
  12. On the next page, review your application information and then click “Submit” to submit your application. If any information needs to be updated, click on the piece of information to return to the page where it may be updated.
  13. Once you have registered, your Patient must approve your caregiver status by logging into the Online System.
  14. Once that is completed, the Program will process your registration.

State Resources:

How do I apply for the state program in Massachusetts?

Before you start, have these things ready:

  • Your PIN (provided by Leafwell)
  • A valid form of identification
    • Massachusetts driver’s license
    • Massachusetts ID card (with a photograph of yourself)
    • U.S. passport and proof of MA residency
    • U.S. military ID and proof of MA residency
  • A photograph of yourself if you are not using a Massachusetts-issued driving license or ID.
  • Proof of Massachusetts residency if a U.S. passport or U.S. Military ID is to be used as the form of identification

Getting Your Massachusetts medical marijuana card

  1. Visit the Medical Use of Marijuana Program Online System of the Cannabis Control Commission at https://patient.massciportal.com and create an account. Click on the “Create Account” link and receive a registration email to get started.
  2. Log back into your state account and click the “Register as an Adult Patient” button.
  3. Enter all four identification fields and click the “Proceed” button. The PIN Number is listed on your Leafwell certification.
  4. Read through the registration instructions and then begin filling in your information as prompted.
  5. Upload a photo of your valid ID. If you use a U.S. passport or U.S. military ID, you’ll need to also upload a passport-style photo of yourself for your medical card and then your proof of Massachusetts residency.
  6. Review and submit your application. Once your registration is approved, you can print a temporary, paper Program ID Card that is valid for 42 days. Your plastic Program ID Card should arrive within 1-2 weeks

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