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How to Get a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card

M assachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana in 2012. In 2008, Massachusetts decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and then, in 2016, voters legalized recreational marijuana. Rec dispensaries are now open, however the medical market continues to thrive. The law in Massachusetts requires all patients to be registered with the Cannabis Control Commission’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program to obtain a medical marijuana card and purchase or use medicinal marijuana products.

Although the process to obtain a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts can be tedious, patients can get the highest level of experiential medical marijuana knowledge and receive a recommendation from a doctor in a few short steps. After you have received your recommendation from a doctor, follow the instructions below to submit a formal application to the DPH.

Process to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts:

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Regardless, an individual must be enrolled into the DPH registry in order to legally purchase medical marijuana from a medical dispensary in Massachusetts.

To do so, one must:

Have a qualifying chronic health condition
Get certified by a licensed physician
Once certified, you must complete an application with the DPH
If approved, you’ll get your medical marijuana card in the mail

Restrictions:

A patient must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card. If the patient is a minor, he/she must be diagnosed by at least two Massachusetts licensed physicians as having an illness which does not respond to other treatments and is expected to result in death within two years. There are other exceptions to the rules, including guardians giving written consent, etc.

Adults simply need to be 21 years of age or older.

Note that you must have proof of residency in the state of Massachusetts.

Qualifying Health Conditions:

There are a few medical requirements for patients to be qualified for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts. Licensed physicians must diagnose the patient with a “debilitating medical condition” which includes (but are not limited to):

Let us show you the process to become a medical marijuana patient in Massachusetts

Medical Marijuana FAQs

A quick guide to our most frequently asked medical marijuana questions.

1. How do I obtain a medical marijuana card?

Before registering as a patient with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that you must:

  • Get a certification. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider and ask about the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. To find a qualified health care provider in your area, click here:
  • Once certified, your health care provider will give you a PIN number to register with the Commonwealth’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
  • To learn about registering with the State click here
2. Are there specific ailments for qualifying as a Medical Use of Marijuana patient?

Qualified conditions for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or HIV positive status
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

There are other debilitating conditions, as determined in writing by a qualified physician, which may include:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
3. How do I find a doctor who can certify me for a Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program card?

To find a qualified medical marijuana health care provider in your area, click here:

4. Will a doctor give me a medical marijuana prescription for use at a medical cannabis shop?

No. Doctors may only provide certification in order for you to obtain your medical marijuana card. Doctors do not prescribe medical marijuana / medical cannabis or provide dosage amounts.

5. Can out-of-state residents purchase medical marijuana in Massachusetts?

No. Only registered medical marijuana patients who are residents of Massachusetts or their caregivers are allowed to purchase medical marijuana.

6. Can someone else purchase cannabis for me if I can’t visit your medical marijuana dispensary?

Under Massachusetts law, only certified caregivers are allowed to purchase medical marijuana for qualified patients. No other individuals, other than medical marijuana patients or medical marijuana caregivers will be allowed to enter the dispensary.

A personal caregiver is defined in Department Regulations, 105 CMR 725.004, 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, and is not the registered qualifying patient’s certifying physician. An employee of a hospice provider, nursing, or medical facility or a visiting nurse, personal care attendant, or home health aide providing care to a qualifying patient may serve as a personal caregiver, including to patients under 18 years of age as a second caregiver.”

To learn more about caregivers, please visit here

7. How will the process of purchasing medical marijuana work after I have obtained my Massachusetts medical marijuana card?

Registered Medical Marijuana patients and their caregivers are encouraged to make an appointment at either of our dispensaries in Plymouth, Massachusetts (South Shore) or Mashpee (Cape cod). Each Medical Marijuana Dispensary location is a secure and safe facility, which provides a welcoming environment to first time and repeat visitors.

After checking in at the entrance to our parking lots (only medical marijuana patients and medical marijuana caregivers are allowed in our medical marijuana stores), you will be welcomed by our receptionists and directed to one of our friendly Medical Marijuana Dispensary Agents.

Our friendly, trained patient education specialists are available in the privacy or our patient education room to discuss your individual needs and answer your questions. Once inside the dispensary, our knowledgeable dispensary agents will help you with your purchase decisions. After the purchase is complete you will leave our medical cannabis store through a dedicated exit.

8. What types of identification will I need to purchase medical marijuana in Massachusetts?

Patients and caregivers will need to show their Massachusetts Medical Marijuana patient or caregiver card, as well another government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID when arriving at our Plymouth and Mashpee medical marijuana dispensaries.

9. Do I need to make an appointment to visit your medical marijuana dispensary in Plymouth or Mashpee?

Walk-ins are welcome at our Plymouth and Mashpee Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and appointments are not required.

10. Are medical marijuana purchases covered by insurance?

No. Purchases may only be made by cash or debit card.

11. How do I know what medical marijuana products are right for me?

Different cannabis strains affect people in different ways. Our medical marijuana dispensary agents will work with you to examine and discuss the various cannabis products that may work best for your particular medical condition.

12. Where do your cannabis products come from?

All of our marijuana products are naturally grown and processed in our state-of-the-art cultivation and processing facility at 9 Collins Avenue in Plymouth, MA.

13. Are your cannabis products tested?

Yes, our marijuana products are tested by independent Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission licensed testing labs.

14. How much can I purchase?

At this time, Triple M is limiting purchases of flower to one ounce per visit for our medical marijuana dispensary and one eight of flower in our adult use recreational marijuana store.

15. Where are your dispensaries located?

Our Plymouth dispensary is located at 9 Collins Avenue in the Plymouth Industrial Park. (Exit 7 off Route 3 and the Commerce Way exit off Route 44 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.)

Our Mashpee dispensary is on Cape Cod located at 29 Echo Road (Off Route 130) in Mashpee, Massachusetts

16. What are the hours of operation for your Medical Marijuana and Adult Use Recreational dispensaries in Plymouth and Mashpee?
Plymouth
  • Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Monday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Mashpee
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Both dispensaries are currently open for medical sales only

17. Do your Medical Marijuana and Adult Use Recreational dispensaries deliver?

Delivery service is not available at this time but we offer convenient order ahead and curbside pick-up at our medical marijuana and adult use recreational cannabis dispensaries in Plymouth and Mashpee.

18. Are you hiring?

If you are interested in joining Triple M in our cannabis cultivation or marijuana dispensing operations please send a copy of your resume to [email protected] and we will keep it on file.

19. What is the contact information for your Medical Marijuana and Adult Use Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries?

Triple M Plymouth (Medical and Adult Use Recreational Sales)
9 Collins Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360 (South Shore, MA)
508-747-1970
[email protected]
www.mm-ma.org

Triple M Mashpee (Medical Only, Recreational coming soon)
29 Echo Road
Mashpee, MA 02649 (Cape Cod, MA)
508-477-0001
[email protected]
www.mm-ma.org

Plymouth

9 Collins Avenue | Plymouth, MA 02360

Hours

Monday – Saturday, 10:00AM until 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00PM until 5:00PM

Mashpee

29 Echo Road | Mashpee, MA 02649

Hours

Monday – Saturday, 10:00AM until 5:00PM
Sunday – Closed

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This product has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. Keep this product away from children. There may be health risks associated with the consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of edible marijuana products may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 911. This product may be illegal outside of MA.

Get all your questions answered about how to participate in MA’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program and become a registered medical marijuana patient at Triple M