If you live in Massachusetts and believe you might benefit from the state’s medical marijuana program, you’ll need to apply for a medical marijuana card. It’s not difficult, but all qualifying patients must go through several steps.
Knowing how to obtain your Massachusetts medical marijuana card can save you a lot of time, money, and exasperation. The Sanctuary is here to help you along the way. We’ve compiled a list of helpful hints to make applying for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts as simple as possible.
The first step in obtaining a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts is to identify as having at least one of the debilitating conditions approved by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission for treatment with medical marijuana.
To be eligible for Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Program, your condition must be certified by a state-registered healthcare professional (MMMP). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or any other debilitating condition as determined in writing by a certified physician are among the qualifying conditions.
Even if your specific condition is not listed on the state’s list, your licensed healthcare professional may still determine that it is treatable with medical marijuana.
When you go to see a healthcare professional to get a medical marijuana card, they will ask you several questions about your condition and how marijuana has helped you in the past. They will also inquire about any other health issues that may be exacerbated by marijuana use.
There are several things you should remember about your appointment. To begin, ensure that you see a state-registered healthcare professional. This is not always simple to confirm, but it is critical to the success of your appointment. The Sanctuary can help you with this step.
Second, when you meet with your doctor, be open and honest about your debilitating condition and how you believe marijuana can help you. There is a chance that you will not be certified for medical marijuana use if you are not honest with your doctor.
Third, remember that medical marijuana certification appointments can be expensive. To make this process as affordable as possible, The Sanctuary charges reasonable fees for appointments.
You must submit your application for MMMP participation once you have received a written recommendation from a licensed physician. If you are under the age of 18 or are otherwise unable to submit a new patient application, you can designate a personal caregiver to do so on your behalf.
Because misspellings and typos are common and can cause delays in your application approval, double-check your application and other paperwork. Your contact information must be accurate and match the information on your driver’s license, military ID, US passport, proof of residency, utility bill, and/or other passport-style photo ID card that you submit with your application.
Any errors could cause your application to be delayed, which would then delay approval and delivery of your card to your home.
If you are approved, you will receive a printable temporary card that you can use in Massachusetts for up to 14 days until your actual card arrives, which usually takes about 1-2 weeks.
Carry your medical cannabis card with you at all times when you are in possession of your medical marijuana. You may have up to a 60-day supply, or 10 ounces, on hand at any given time, though your certifying healthcare provider may prescribe more if necessary.
There are numerous medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts where you or your caregiver can purchase medical cannabis products. With your MMJ card, you or your personal caregiver will be able to purchase THC and CBD-containing edibles, concentrates, and other medical marijuana products.
When it comes time to renew your medical marijuana card, the Sanctuary provides evaluations by licensed Massachusetts medical marijuana doctors who can reevaluate your qualifying condition and issue you the certification you need to reapply for a medical marijuana card.
To schedule your evaluation, please contact us. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any application-related questions.