Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card
In order to be afforded legal protection of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana law, qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the state patient registry and possess a valid state-issued identification card by submitting a medical marijuana card application to the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.
As of January 2013, the Massachusetts Marijuana act allows qualified patients with an outlined medical condition to obtain medical marijuana certification from their physician. Upon receipt of which, patients are required to register with the DHS “Medical Use of Marijuana Online System (MMJ Online System)”. Through this state-operated system, patients are issued with a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Identification Card.
A Massachusetts medical marijuana card is a personal identification card issued by the Department to a qualifying patient, personal caregiver, or dispensary agent. The Massachusetts medical marijuana card verifies that a physician has provided a written certification to the qualifying patient, that the patient has designated the individual as a personal caregiver, or that a medical treatment center has met the terms of law.
For purposes of the Department and law enforcement, the medical marijuana card identifies those individuals who are exempt from Massachusetts criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.
HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MASSACHUSETTS
- Patients should obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis —
- Patients need a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts — *Find a certified
- Patients must be 18 years of age, and be a Massachusetts resident, with a valid proof of residency.
- To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law: cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.
- Patients are required to register with the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services. Registration is mandatory.
- The patient registry application fee is $50.
- A qualifying patient may apply to the Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by submitting:
- Written certification from a physician.
- An application, including:
(a) Name, address unless homeless, and date of birth.
(b) Name, address and date of birth of the qualifying patient’s personal caregiver, if any.
- Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Website: Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program