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How to get a medical card in Massachusetts.

  1. 1

    Register Online with Leafwell

    It’s quick and easy! Plus all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform.

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana with your Doctor

    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.

    Most appointments take 15 minutes or less. The consultation fee is $149.

  3. 3

    Complete your State Application

    Once approved, we’ll send you detailed instructions for how to apply to the state program.

  4. 4

    Receive your Card from the State of Massachusetts

    Your plastic medical marijuana card will be sent to you via mail within 1-2 weeks of your application being approved.

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Benefits of Getting a Massachusetts Medical Card

There are some distinct advantages to having a medical marijuana card, which can apply to many states with a medical marijuana program. Advantages of having a MA state medical cannabis recommendation and identification card include:

  • Medical marijuana dispensaries are more likely to be seen as "essential" as they are serving those who need the therapeutic effects of cannabis for a specific health problem.
  • Delivery is available. Medical and recreational buyers can now have their cannabis products delivered. Recreational (adult-use) buyers must be pre-verified before placing orders. Adult-use buyers are limited to one ounce of marijuana or its combined dry weight equivalent in marijuana concentrate or edible marijuana products daily.
  • Save money on taxes. Qualifying patients can save up to 26% on taxes.
  • Access to a broader range of products. Dispensaries are also required to set aside products for medical marijuana patients.
  • Additional payment options. Recreational users can only pay with cash.
  • Priority in dispensaries. Medical patients get access to separate check-out lines, can reserve products, and get better access to on-site dispensary parking facilities.

About Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

It is now possible to get your medical marijuana card online in Massachusetts. You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for a card or recommendation for yourself. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Minors in need of medical cannabis must have a Caregiver listed on their application.

Many counties in Massachusetts have bans on retail marijuana stores. These counties are: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.

However, medical cannabis dispensaries are a different matter. This means that those with a valid medical card have greater accessibility to cannabis products.


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How to qualify

You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to get a Massachusetts medical marijuana card for yourself.

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    Caregivers must be aged 21 or over and can apply on behalf of a minor patient (under the age of 18)


Medical Conditions

Here are the medical conditions which qualify for an MMJ ID Card in Massachusetts:

Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying healthcare provider

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Possession and Growing

Here are the current possession limits which a medical marijauna card permits in Massachusetts:

  • Possession Limit (Flowers): Up to 60 days’ supply may be recommended, which is determined to be around 10 oz.
  • Possession Limit (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. For edibles, recreational users are restricted to 5 mg of THC.

For non-medical users:

  • 1 oz. recreational outside of the home
  • 10 oz. recreational inside the home.
  • Non-medical, recreational users can possess a maximum of 5 grams of concentrate.

Patients may grow up to six plants. Plants must be kept in an enclosed facility.


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Caregivers

Medical Marijuana patients in Massachusetts can have a caregiver.

Should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

Having a Caregiver’s MMJ card does not qualify you for the use of medical cannabis for yourself. A patient may register up to two caregivers on their application form.

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    You can become a caregiver via the Massachusetts government website. As with patients, you must register with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program in order to become a qualified caregiver.

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    You will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the patient you will be assisting with medical marijuana.

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    You will also need to upload a passport-style photograph of yourself. You can do this during the photo setup. You will also need a proof of address and ID. The process of getting a Caregivers’ Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts is very similar to that of the patients’ process.

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Reciprocity

Massachusetts does not recognize out-of-state medical marijuana certificates or cards.

That said, anyone 21 and over — including people from out-of-state — can purchase cannabis products at dispensaries because recreational use is legal in the state.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Georgia (Low-THC Only)
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C.
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Frequently asked questions in Massachusetts

How much does a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

Medical marijuana certificate = $149 at Leafwell

State application fee = There is no fee for your state application. However, there is a $10 fee for replacement cards.

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:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • 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.”

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 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.

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. 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 obtain a registration card for a personal caregiver, a qualifying patient shall submit, in a form and manner determined by the Department, the following:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. A copy of the personal caregiver’s driver’s license, government-issued identification card, or other verifiable identity document acceptable to the Department;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. 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
  7. Any other information required by the Department.
How do I apply for the state program in Massachusetts?

Before you start, have these things ready:

  • Your PIN number – 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.

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

Enter your username and password and click “Login” to access the system.

Step 4:

Click the “Register as an Adult Patient” button.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

If you successfully enter all of the identification fields, you will be taken to the instructions

page. Review these instructions and click “Proceed.”

Step 7:

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.”

Step 8:

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.

Step 9:

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.

Step 10:

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.

Step 11:

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.

Step 12:

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.