- A medical card can save you money on every marijuana purchase.
- See a healthcare provider on your schedule.
- Pay only $149 for the appointment — and get your money back if not approved!
Book an Appointment with Leafwell
Speak to a Leafwell healthcare provider to get approved for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card online.
During your appointment, a Leafwell physician will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.
The consultation costs $149, and you’ll get your money back if not approved.
Get Approved for Medical Marijuana
Once approved, your healthcare provider will send your information and medical cannabis certification to the State of Massachusetts.
The provider will upload a document to your Leafwell account that includes your unique patient PIN, next-step instructions, and a temporary Patient Registration Card. The temporary card is valid for 14 days.
Complete an Application 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.
Once your application is reviewed, you can print a Temporary Program ID Card (valid for 42 days) and shop for medical marijuana at licensed dispensaries in the state.
Receive Your Medical Card
You’ll receive a plastic medical card via U.S. mail within one to two weeks of application approval.
Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Massachusetts
While cannabis is legal for recreational use in Massachusetts, we still recommend you apply for a medical marijuana card if you qualify.
Benefits of having an MA medical card include:
Lower Costs and More Payment Options
If you purchase cannabis regularly, getting a medical card may save you thousands of dollars.
Cannabis purchased through the legal recreational market is taxed more than if you have an MMJ card.
In Massachusetts, medical cardholders can save up to 20% over adult-use customers.
In addition, medical marijuana patients can buy products using a debit or credit card. Recreational users can only purchase with cash.
Higher Possession Limits
Medical marijuana cardholders are allowed to possess more marijuana products than recreational users.
- Flower: Up to 60 days’ supply may be recommended, which is determined to be around 10 ounces.
- Concentrates: 1 gram = 5.3 grams of raw flower.This suggests a maximum of approximately 50 grams of concentrate for medical patients.
- 1 ounce of recreational cannabis outside the home.
- 10 ounces of recreational cannabis and 5 grams of concentrates inside the home.
Preferential Treatment and Medical Marijuana Delivery
Qualifying medical marijuana patients may have their products delivered.
Priority is given to patients with separate lines, with a broader product selection.
State law also requires dispensaries to set aside 35% of their inventory for medical patients.
You must be 18 and have at least one qualifying medical condition to get a medical card in Massachusetts.
Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Massachusetts?
Minors can have a parent or guardian become their caregiver and apply for a medical card on their behalf.
The minor must have certifications from two healthcare providers, one being a pediatrician or pediatric specialist.
Massachusetts allows caregivers to help minors or those who need assistance accessing medical marijuana. Patients may have up to two caregivers.
Caregivers must be 21 and meet several requirements.
Here’s how to become a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in MA:
- Register with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program. You’ll need the PIN from the medical patient.
- Provide the required documentation.
- A digital passport-style photograph.
- Proof of address and identification.
- Complete the caregiver application. This application is similar to the patient application.
Note: A caregiver’s MMJ card does not qualify you for medical marijuana use. You must apply for your own card if you qualify.
What You’ll Need to Apply
You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a MA MMJ card:
- A copy of the medical marijuana recommendation from your doctor.
- Proof of identity (a state-issued driver’s license, ID card, or U.S. passport).
- Proof of Massachusetts residence.
- Acceptable proof of residence is anything that shows your current address, like:
- Utility bills.
- Bank statements.
- Current property tax statements.
- Voter registration cards.
- Health insurance documents.
- Acceptable proof of residence is anything that shows your current address, like:
Massachusetts doesn’t require medical marijuana patients to provide medical records to get approved, but you can provide them if you’d like.
Online consultations with one of Leafwell’s Massachusetts healthcare providers are $149.
The State of Massachusetts doesn’t charge a separate application fee.
MA medical cards are valid for one year. Leafwell can also help you to renew your MA MMJ card for $149.
We recommend renewing your medical card at least 30 days before it expires to continue purchasing marijuana products without disruption.
Medical Marijuana Reciprocity
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, other states have either legalized the recreational use of marijuana or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Connecticut ^
- Delaware ^
- Hawaii *
- Illinois ^
- Maryland ^ (as of July 2023)
- Michigan (qualifying state must also have reciprocity with Michigan)
- Missouri ^
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey *
- New Mexico * (recreational cannabis is legal in NM)
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Pennsylvania (minors only)
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- U.S. Virgin Islands *
- Utah (max. 45 days, after which the patient must apply for a Utah MMJ card)
- Vermont ^
- Virginia ^
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.
Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in MA
Patients can purchase medical marijuana from any licensed Massachusetts dispensary.
The MA Cannabis Control Commission maintains a list of licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MTCs) and adult-use Marijuana Establishments (MEs) on its website.
Adults may possess and cultivate up to six marijuana plants per resident, with a maximum of 12 per household.
Plants must be kept in an enclosed facility.
Recreational users may also grow up to six plants.
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Laws to Know
Here are a few need-to-know medical marijuana laws in Massachusetts.
- Marijuana cannot be used in public 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 marijuana 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 cannabis if the owner possesses 40 grams or more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?
1-year medical marijuana certificate = $149 at Leafwell
Renewal certificate = $149 at Leafwell
There is no state fee in Massachusetts. However, there is a $10 fee for replacement cards.
You will be billed only if approved! Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.
What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- 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 a few simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Massachusetts to obtain your medical marijuana card:
- Create a Leafwell account using a valid email address and choose 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.
- Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room, where you’ll be connected with a 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.
- If you are approved for a medical marijuana card, you’ll be sent a copy of your certification document via email. This document will contain your PIN, which is needed to begin your application on the state medical marijuana program website, and a Temporary Patient Registration Card (valid for 14 days).
After these initial steps, you will create an account via the Medical Use of Marijuana Program Online System website, using your PIN, to complete your state application. Once your application is approved, you will be able to print a Temporary Program ID Card (valid for 42 days) and shop for medical marijuana in Massachusetts. You’ll receive a physical card in the mail from the state within 1-2 weeks.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts?
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts. Caregivers must be over 21 years of age.
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.
- 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:
- After obtaining a PIN from your Patient, log on to the Online System.
- Click the “Register as the Caregiver of an Adult Patient” button on the home page.
- If the patient is a minor, click the “Register as the Parent or Legal Guardian of a Pediatric Patient (Under 18)” button.
- Enter your identifying information.
- On the next page, you will see instructions for registering. After reading the instruction page, click “Proceed” to continue the application.
- 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.
- Continuing on the same page, you will read the attestation and select the checkbox to agree to the attestation.
- Next, you will click the “Proceed” button to continue.
- Enter your ID details.
- 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.
- If the identification being used is not from Massachusetts, click the “Proceed” button.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once you have registered, your Patient must approve your caregiver status by logging into the Online System.
- Once that is completed, the Program will process your registration.
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 ID
- Massachusetts driver’s license
- Massachusetts ID card (with a photograph of yourself)
- U.S. passport and another document that proves your Massachusetts residency
- U.S. military ID and another document that proves your Massachusetts residency.
- A photograph of yourself if you are not using a Massachusetts-issued driving license or ID
- Proof of Massachusetts Residency if a Passport or US Military ID is to be used as the form of identification
Getting Your Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card
To register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System, follow the step-by-step registration instructions below.
Scan and save on to your computer the documents listed above. If uploading a US military ID, scan and upload the front and the back of the card. Be sure to have a copy of the front and back of the card saved on one file. When uploading your (or the patient’s) photograph to the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System, ensure that the photograph has a minimum resolution of 400 pixels wide by 360 pixels long, is in .jpg format, and has a maximum size of 2 MB. When uploading the rest of the documents, ensure that the document is in .jpg format or .pdf format and has a maximum size of 2 MB.
Visit the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System at https://patient.massciportal.com
- Click on the “Create Account” link
- Enter your information in the “User Information” section
- Accept the “Terms and Conditions” by clicking “I agree to the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System’s terms and conditions”
- Pass the CAPTCHA
- Click “Create Account.”
You will then receive an email to the email address you provided. This email will contain a link to confirm your email address to complete your registration. After clicking the link in the email, click the link on the page to proceed to the login page. Be sure to keep your username and password. You will need your original username when you renew your registration.
Enter your username and password and click “Login” to access the system.
Click the “Register as an Adult Patient” button.
Enter all four identification fields and click the “Proceed” button. The PIN Number is the number you received from your Certifying Healthcare Provider, and that was emailed to you by the Program, after you were certified.
If you successfully enter all of the identification fields, you will be taken to the instructions
page. Review these instructions and click “Proceed.”
Enter your information into the required fields denoted by a red asterisk (*). These include the following:
- Registration Information: Mother’s Maiden Name and Gender.
- Residential Address: Address, City, and Zip Code.
- If you are homeless, you may check the box denoting your status. If you check this box, you will be required to provide a Massachusetts mailing address.
- Please note: If you are submitting a driver’s license or a Massachusetts ID card as your valid form of identification, the name and address in your application must match the name and address on your corresponding Valid Form of ID.
- Mailing Address: Address, City, and Zip Code.
- If your mailing address is the same as your residential address, you may check the box and the information will automatically populate
- Identification Document Information: Valid Form of Identification and Number on Valid Form of Identification
- From the drop-down menu, select which “Valid Form of Identification” you will be uploading (Massachusetts Driver’s License; Massachusetts ID; United States passport; or US Military ID)
- Enter the “Number on your Valid Form of ID.” Depending on which valid form of ID you upload, the number will be your Massachusetts Driver’s License number (Include the ‘S’); Massachusetts ID number; United States passport number; or US Military ID number.
- Attestation: Read through the Attestations and check the box to attest that you understand and agree with each of the attestations.
- Once you complete filling out your information and check the attestation box, click “Proceed.”
If you successfully enter all of the fields, you will be taken to the “Valid Form of Identification” page.
- Enter the expiration date of your Valid Form of ID.
- To upload a copy of your Valid Form of ID, first the “Choose File” or “Browse” button and select the file that you saved to your computer in Step 1.
- Please note: This file should contain a copy of your Valid Form of ID. You should not upload the
- picture of yourself at this time; you will be asked to do so on the next page.
- Also note: If you are uploading a US Military ID, you must upload the file that contains both the front and back copy of your ID.
- Click “Proceed” to continue to the next page.
If you successfully enter all of the fields and you used a US Passport or US Military ID, you will be taken to the “Proof of Massachusetts Residency” page.
- To upload a copy of the proof of residency, first the “Choose File” or “Browse” button and select the file that you saved to your computer in Step 1.
- Click “Proceed” to continue to the next page.
You only need to upload a photo if you did not use a Massachusetts Driver’s License or Photo
Read the instructions and make sure that the photo you saved on your computer in Step 1 meets the described requirements.
- To upload your photo, first click the “Choose File” or “Browse” button. A separate dialogue box will open; select the file that you saved to your computer in Step 1 and open. Next, click the “Upload” button.
- Your picture should then appear under “My Uploaded Photo.”
- Once you have successfully uploaded a photo of yourself, click the “Proceed” button.
Next, you will be brought to the “Review and Submit Application” page to review and confirm your registration information.
- If you need to correct any information, you may click the associated field on the right side of the screen and edit your information, or you may click the “Back” button until you reach the correct screen and edit your information.
- After you have verified that the information is correct, click the “Proceed” button until you return to the Review and Submit Application screen.
- Once you have verified that the information is correct, click on the “Submit” button.
You will then be taken to the Home screen with a message stating that you have submitted a new registration application. Once your registration application is reviewed by the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, you will be notified by email regarding the status of your registration. Registration applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
If approved for registration, you will be able to print a temporary, paper Program ID and will receive a plastic Program ID Card in the mail at a later date. Temporary, paper Program ID Cards expire 42 days from the date that your registration is approved by the Program, at which time you should have received a plastic Program ID Card. If you do not receive your plastic Program ID Card within three weeks, call the Program at (833) 869-6820.