How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in MA

  • STEP 1:


    Schedule an appointment to see a doctor in Massachusetts through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Consult with a doctor for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

  • STEP 2:


    After the doctor approves you, you will receive a temporary recommendation that you can use at a dispensary. You'll use this temporary number to register with the MA DOH online to complete your application and submit a $50 state fee.

  • STEP 3:


    Once you are approved and registered with the DOH, you'll wait for your card to come in the mail in 2-3 weeks. The great thing about Massachusetts is you don't need to wait for the card in the mail. You can use the temporary recommendation in the meantime.

    Every patient in Massachusetts will need to be re-certified annually by a licensed physician. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

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About Cannabis in Massachusetts

Medicinal cannabis, or medical marijuana, is a therapy that in recent years has attracted much national attention. In 2012, Massachusetts became the eighteenth state in which medical marijuana was legalized. Nearly 10% of Massachusetts residents used marijuana in the past month as of 2010, and nearly 16% used marijuana in the past year. Now, patients with qualifying conditions can purchase from registered marijuana dispensaries.

A recommendation from a doctor is all you need to buy medical marijuana in Massachusetts. If you are not already registered in MMP, register HERE. Send your physician number on your website or by email and you’re complete. A physical card is optional, but after your doctor has uploaded your information to the patient portal, if you want a hard card, you can order it from the state.

Patients must meet certain eligibility requirements and be certified by a health care provider before they can receive their program certification and registry access. Registration of medical marijuana program must be renewed by both patients and caregivers each year. Patients also need to maintain active certifications from both the original health care provider and the medical marijuana program.

Qualifying Conditions in Massachusetts

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Other conditions that severely limit one or more major life functions

Any other condition for which a doctor has determined the patient’s major life functions are negatively affected

MA MMJ Application Process

  1. Obtain certification from a physician that confirms that the patient suffers from at least one medical condition that qualifies.
  2.  Once approved, a personal identification number (PIN) will be created by health care suppliers to register with the program.
  3. Provide a valid state-issued identification card for evidence of residence in Massachusetts, as well as the latest picture conforming to the rules for registration.

Registering a Caregiver in Massachusetts

Registered patients have access to cannabis consumption, possession and growth, as well as buy a 60-day medical cannabis supply from any state-licensed clinic. Medical distribution facilities for marijuana are accessible, and a designated private caregiver may transport medical cannabis to a registered patient from a certified dispensary or the growing site.

Requirements: A main caregiver may be designated by registered patients who require help in acquiring or using medical marijuana. With the medical marijuana program, prospective private caregivers must first register. Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age and only one (1) patient may be treated. A worker of a hospice, nursing, or medical facility; or a visiting nurse, private care provider, or home health care provider offering care to a qualified patient, may serve as a designated care provider, including second care provider for patients under 18.

Application process for the caregiver

  1. Obtain the PIN of the patient through their present portal account of the medical marijuana program.
  2. Complete the request for the program.
  3. Provide a valid state-issued identification card for evidence of residence in Massachusetts, as well as the latest picture conforming to the rules for registration.
  4. Pay $50 for a caregiver enrollment card needed.

Home Cultivation

Any person over the age of 21 may develop up to six (6) crops per person or up to twelve (12) crops per family at home. Patients of 18-20 years of age with medical marijuana may also develop up to six (6) crops in their home. And to the general public, crops must not be noticeable.

A qualifying medical marijuana patient with registration for hardship cultivation may grow a restricted amount of crops that are adequate to keep a 60-day supply exclusively for use by that patient. If the patient can show that his or her access to a licensed medical dispensary (RMD) is restricted by:

  • Verified economic hardship, he or she may apply for a hardship cultivation registration.
  • Physical failure to access appropriate transportation (incapacity to use public transportation or drive yourself), absence of credible transportation private caregivers, or absence of RMD to deliver to the main address of the patient or private caregiver.
  • Lack of an RMD within a reasonable distance from the patient’s home and lack of an RMD to deliver marijuana to the primary address of the patient or personal caregiver.

A registered qualifying patient must submit the following, in order to obtain hardship cultivation:

  • A non-refundable registration fee (unless waived due to financial hardship)
  • Information that supports a statement that one or more of the above conditions are restricted to access.
  • An explanation asserted that there was a lack of viable solutions to mitigate constraints.
  • A description and address of the single site to be used for marijuana cultivation, which is either the primary residence of the registered qualifying patient or the primary caregiver.
  • A written explanation of how marijuana will be grown by the qualifying patient.
  • A description of the device or system to be used to guarantee safety and to discourage the cultivation of diversion of marijuana crops.
  • Written recognition of the constraints on its permission to grow, possess and use marijuana for medical reasons.

Within 30 calendar days of receiving a finished request, the Department will review and approve or reject a request for a hardship cultivation permit.

Possession Limits

The DPH has defined a 60-day supply as

  • 10 ounces, or 283.5 grams, of dry flower; or
  • 1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams, of cannabis concentrates or resin

Adults 21 and older, as well as patients and their caregivers, may have 10 ounces or 283.5 grams of cannabis in their households and less than one ounce (1 oz.) or 28.35 grams of cannabis in the public domain. Question 4 also enables adults in their households to develop up to six (6) cannabis crops per individual and up to twelve (12) cannabis crops per family.

If they want to grow their own cannabis or have a caregiver grow on their behalf, qualifying patients can apply for registration for hardship. A maximum amount of crops that can be cultivated was not indicated by the DPH. However, there should be no more than what is needed to meet the individual needs of the patient based on the recommendation of a certified physician. Patients who choose to cultivate themselves can not buy cannabis from a certified clinic.

While in Massachusetts medical and adult cannabis use is now legal, both patients and customers are still facing penalties for breaking what is permitted under state law. In particular, government cannabis use will lead in a $100 fine, and having an open cannabis container in a vehicle will result in a $500 fine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Massachusetts to become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Massachusetts?

Yes. You need to show a Massachusetts ID and show that you have a Massachusetts address. If you are out of state, there are special parameters around which you can be granted access.

How do I apply for a medical marijuana card?

In applying for a medical marijuana card, one must provide the following: full name, date of birth, address, telephone number and email address if any, a valid ID, and at least 18 years of age, else you will need to provide a consent from a parent or guardian. And a statement that indicates your age and residency. Book you appointment with a doctor to review your ailments and medical condition.

What is the process to obtain a medical marijuana card?

Qualifying patients may register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program HERE. Once you are registered, you can book an appointment with a doctor who will review your ailments and medical condition. Next, once you are evaluated and approved, you will receive a medical cannabis recommendation from our licensed MA doctor and be registered with the state. Lastly, once approved for medical marijuana, you can buy medical marijuana in Massachusetts. A Physician’s Recommendation is all you need to obtain your cannabis medicine.

How can I find a registered physician?

No need to worry. We provide the Massachusetts physicians for you.

Do I need to see the physician on video or do I just go right in person?

For Massachusetts, you will be going right into the doctor’s office. If you are not approved your consultation is free! If you are not approved, you will be refunded in full and your initial consultation will be free.

How long does the consultation usually take?

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

What if I am not approved?

If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We entail a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.

Can I drive while using medical marijuana?

No. There are limitations in the medical marijuana laws in Massachusetts. It does not allow driving or operating any kind of vehicle such as motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under influence of marijuana.

My primary care is not registered, can I still get a recommendation from them?

No you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program. And for that we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.

Does chronic pain now qualify me for medical cannabis?

Yes it does! MA now allows people with chronic pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

Is there a limit on the medication that I can have with my card?

Yes. The marijuana or marijuana-infused products (MIPs) is proportioned for every 60 days of certification. For every 15 days you can take up to 2.5 ounces, so in over 60 days you can have as much as 10 ounces.

Are there different kinds of medical marijuana?

There are many different strains of medical marijuana that provide different types of relief. Contact us HERE to provide you more details based on your needs. Our registered physicians will be able to recommend different options.

What is the Cost?

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed Massachusetts practitioner registered with the state, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.

Can I use medical marijuana in public?

No. The medical marijuana is prohibited to be used in public places under the law.

Where are the dispensaries in Massachusetts? Is there a dispensary near me?

There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state. You can see a list of Massachusetts dispensaries here.

Once I get my card, what type of medicine can I buy from MA dispensaries?

MA has one of the most diverse medical marijuana programs, allowing all patients access to a variety of medical cannabis options. If you get your cannabis card in Mass, you get access to: Dry Flower, Tinctures, Oils, Concentrates, Topicals, Edibles

Does Veriheal operate in other states?

Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

I think I’m ready to get my card, how can I get things started?

Fill out the form above we can get you approved in no time!

Places to Visit in MA After Enjoying Your Medicine

Massachusetts, one of the initial 13 colonies, boasts historical landmarks from the very origins of the United States European settlement. Art, music, colonial history, patriotic landmarks, shopping, idyllic beaches, laid-back islands, delicious seafood-for everyone, Massachusetts has something. Here are some of Massachusetts’ best locations to visit.

The Berkshires

Situated on the slopes of the Green Mountain, Berkshires is a picturesque rural area in western Massachusetts, about 2.5 hours from Boston. The region is a famous tourist destination with its charming little towns and villages, rolling green fields, fertile farms, and vibrant art scene. The best times to visit are fall, with the colorful spectacle of fall foliage, and the summer when thousands of tourists are attracted by several festivals.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, which resides in the summer at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, will bring music lovers to the concerts. There’s much more for art lovers, including the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and MASS MoCA. Outdoor lovers can enjoy hiking, rafting, fishing, kayaking, and golfing, and it’s time for skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding when the snow covers the hills.

Martha’s Vineyard

The Vineyard of Martha is an island south of Cape Cod. It’s a famous summer getaway for the very rich and many of the island’s homes are holiday rentals and summer homes, although some individuals call Martha’s Vineyard home throughout the year. The island is mainly a place where individuals go to relax and enjoy the beaches and surrounding regions, but some recreational choices are offered by the cities. There are a tiny amount of stores dotting the roads. The linked Chappaquiddick Island and its lighthouse can be visited by visitors. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, like the famous summer film festival, provides weekly entertainment.


Provincetown is a seaside town on Cape Cod’s southern point. The city is well known as the site of the Mayflower’s 1620 landing. The Pilgrim Monument commemorates the landing site, while the neighboring Provincetown Museum features exhibits associated to the Pilgrims, the Mayflower journey, and other local history. The city has long been renowned and home to many performers as a secure haven for LGBT tourists and citizens. The vibrant Commercial Street is surrounded by galleries of art, restaurants, clubs, cabarets and shopping. The Race Point Light is a historic lighthouse in Provincetown offering overnight accommodation in the Keeper’s bed and breakfast house.

Freedom Trail

The historic center of Boston is a red brick trail that leads tourists to many of the historic locations of the town. The Freedom Trail is 2.5 kilometers long and will probably take you a whole day to walk. If you have kids or want to spend more time at any of the locations, plan on it taking longer.

Boston Common

Downtown Boston, Massachusetts main public park. It is sometimes referred to wrongly as the Boston Commons. The Common is a component of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Dorchester’s Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways extending from the Common South to Franklin Park. On the park side of Tremont Street is a visitor center for all of Boston.

The New England Aquarium

Boston, Massachusetts Aquarium. The New England Aquarium attractions include the Simons IMAX Theater and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which works from April to November, in relation to the primary aquarium building.

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