A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Massachusetts

Getting your Massachusetts medical marijuana card doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. Today, we’re walking you through a simple guide on getting your MMJ card in the Pilgrim State. For those who qualify, the whole operation can be done in just four simple steps:

  1. Meet with a licensed physician for an evaluation
  2. Receive a Patient Identification Number 
  3. Apply to the program online
  4. Get your card!
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How to Get Your Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card

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Our cannabis doctors specialize in the MMJ patient certification process and will compassionately conduct a same-day telehealth visit with you. You can do it right from home, on your phone or computer—hassle-free and without compromising your time or health with a doctor’s visit. 

Right now, Elevate doesn't currently service Massachusetts, but we have partners that do. If you're interested in getting your MMJ card online, head on over to our friends at Heally. Here, you simply fill out your information and you can tackle the MMJ cardholder process from there. (We promise: they're just as efficient as we are.)

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Who Can Get a Medical Card in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, you qualify for a medical marijuana card if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old 
  • Are a resident of Massachusetts
  • Have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions listed in the program

If you’re a minor with a qualifying condition, don’t worry. Those under 18 can still receive their MMJ cards, but they must receive two physician recommendations, not just one, to apply.

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Massachusetts?

The qualifying conditions for getting medical cannabis in the Pilgrim State are:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Parkinson’s disease

If your condition isn’t on this list, your physician may still write you a recommendation if they believe your condition is considered “debilitating” and would benefit from medicinal marijuana. 

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in Massachusetts

1. Meet With a Licensed Physician for an Evaluation 

If you’re hoping to get an MMJ card in Massachusetts, you always have to start by meeting with a licensed physician. This physician will give you a medical evaluation to see if you have at least one of the qualifying conditions listed in the program. Or, if your condition isn’t listed, they will state whether or not your condition is debilitating enough for an MMJ card. 

Those under 18 have to do this process twice, receiving two physician recommendations.

2. Receive a Patient Identification Number

If you are approved by your physician, they will then provide you with a Patient Identification Number (PIN) to use to apply for your card online. You cannot apply without one!

3. Apply to the Program Online

Once you have your PIN, head on over to Massachusetts’ Medical Use of Marijuana Program website and apply for your card. Along with your PIN, you will need proof of residency and identification, as well as a recent photo of yourself. 

4. Get Your Card!

Unlike most states, Massachusetts does not charge patients for the application process, so there are no fees to be paid! Instead, you will just submit your application, wait for approval, and find your card in the mail just 1-2 weeks later. It really is as simple as that. 

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