FAQs

How old do I have to be to qualify for a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

Patients 18 years old can apply for a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts. Minors may qualify with parental consent and certification from two physicians.

Can minors in Massachusetts access medical cannabis with registered caregivers?

Yes, minors under 18 with debilitating medical conditions can access medical cannabis through registered caregivers. Caregivers must be at least 21 years old and undergo a background check.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts recognizes a wide range of debilitating medical conditions for medical cannabis treatment, including cancer, PTSD, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis. A practitioner may certify a patient for any condition if the provider feels it may help improve symptom management.

How much does it cost to get a medical marijuana card?

The standard fee for a cannabis healthcare evaluation is $129.

How do I apply for a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

To apply for a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts, you need to visit a certified healthcare provider for a qualifying diagnosis and certification. Then, complete the online registration process with the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

How long does it take to receive a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

Once your application is submitted, it typically takes around 1-2 weeks for the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program to process and approve your medical cannabis card.

Do I need to renew my medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

Yes, medical cannabis cards in Massachusetts must be renewed annually. Patients must renew their cards annually by submitting an updated certification from their healthcare provider (follow-up appointment) and completing the online renewal process.

Can I grow my own cannabis plants with a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

Yes, patients with a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts can cultivate a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use, provided they follow state regulations and obtain necessary permits. Households with two adults may be approved to cultivate a maximum of twelve (12) cannabis plants for personal use.

Are there dispensaries where I can purchase medical cannabis in Massachusetts?

Yes, Massachusetts has licensed medical cannabis dispensaries where patients can purchase a variety of cannabis products, including flower, edibles, tinctures, and topicals.

Will my medical insurance cover the cost of medical cannabis in Massachusetts?

No, medical cannabis is not currently covered by health insurance in Massachusetts. Patients are responsible for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with purchasing medical cannabis products.

Can I use my medical cannabis card from another state in Massachusetts?

No, Massachusetts does not accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards. Patients must obtain a medical cannabis card issued by the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program to access dispensaries in the state.

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