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In the early days of the 20th century, Massachusetts became the first state to institute a criminal
ban on the use of cannabis. However, 100 years later, marijuana has been legalized for both medicinal and recreational use in the state.
Massachusetts voters decided to legalize the use of medicinal cannabis in 2012, becoming the eighteenth state to do so in the U.S. Not long after, a ballot provision passed in November of 2016 that legalized cannabis for recreational use.
Read on to find out about the many benefits of having a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts and how you can get your card from the comfort of your own home with NuggMD.
The Difference Between Medical and Recreational Marijuana
There are three major differences between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana products in Massachusetts:
1) Medical edible products have no potency limits, while recreational marijuana products are limited to no more than 5mg per dose.
2) Home delivery is allowed for medical marijuana products in Massachusetts. Recreational products must be purchased at the store.
3) Medical marijuana products are tax free. Recreational products, on the other hand, are taxed at between 17 and 20 percent. In addition, dispensaries have hardship discounts for medical marijuana patients, so they can get huge savings compared to the medical price.
Another benefit of having a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts is that medical marijuana patients can usually purchase more cannabis than recreational patients. Recreational patients are limited to only one ounce at a time, but medical marijuana patients can purchase up to a 60 day supply. The amount of cannabis that constitutes a 60 day supply depends on how much the physician recommends, but they have the discretion to recommend up to 10 ounces.
So even though recreational marijuana is allowed in Massachusetts now, it's still very beneficial to have a medical marijuana card in the state.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts
Like many other states, the first step in getting a Massachusetts medical marijuana license is to get a doctor's recommendation. Schedule an appointment with a qualified physician to discuss your health conditions and why you think medical marijuana would be an effective treatment option.
Afterward, your physician must submit an electronic patient certification to the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana program if they agree to give you a recommendation for medical marijuana.
Once the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission receives your patient certification, you'll receive an email with a pin number alongside instructions on how to register with the program.
You then must create an account on www.mass.gov.
To register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, you must provide:
- The pin number provided with your recommendation
- An acceptable form of ID
- A current, acceptable photo of yourself (your RMV photo can be used)
The Cannabis Control Commission will then look over your application. If you are approved, your plastic MMJ ID will be mailed to you in 1-2 weeks.
After that, you're done!
However, once you're approved, you may designate up to two qualified individuals to be a medical caregiver, if you so choose.
What are the Qualifying Medical Conditions in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts has provided guidelines for physicians to follow when making medical marijuana recommendations. To be eligible, a patient must suffer from a "debilitating" medical condition, which is defined in the state regulations as any condition that causes "weakness, cachexia, wasting syndrome, intractable pain, or nausea, or impairing strength or ability, and progressing to such an extent that one or more of a patient’s major life activities is substantially limited."
These include conditions such as:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
However, the state of Massachusetts does give physicians the discretion to issue recommendations for other conditions that they consider, in their professional judgment, to be both debilitating and treatable through the use of medicinal cannabis.
So, ultimately, it's up to your physician to decide if your medical condition qualifies for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
Required Documents for Massachusetts Medical Card Registration
The state of Massachusetts only requires a few documents to register with the MMJ program. These are:
- Your pin number (provided by your physician alongside your recommendation)
- A valid form of identification
- A current photograph of yourself
To clarify, a valid form of ID includes
- MA Driver's License
- MA State ID
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Military ID
Note: If you're using a passport or military ID for your application, you must provide additional proof of Massachusetts residency, of which only the following are acceptable:
- Utility Bill
- Tuition Bill
- Vehicle Registration
- Marriage Certificate
- First-Class Mail
- Property or Excise Tax Bill
- MA-Issued Professional License
- Mortgage, Lease, or Loan
However, if you're applying with a Massachusetts ID or Driver's License, you do not have to worry about this.
Regarding the photograph of yourself, you have the option of using your photo from the RMV (the one appearing on your license or ID). The mass.gov website makes this step very easy, giving you the ability to upload your RMV picture from their records without any extra effort on your part.
Receive Your Medical Marijuana Evaluation Online
Have you been looking for a local doctor that is qualified to issue medical marijuana recommendations in Massachusetts? You should consider receiving your medical evaluations online using NuggMD!
Using our telemedicine platform, patients now have the option of connecting with a top marijuana physician to recommend medical marijuana use for their debilitating medical conditions. Getting a medical recommendation has never been easier than with NuggMD.
Patients no longer have to wait for their in-person doctor's appointments to receive the medical care they need. Rather than potentially waiting weeks to fit into your doctor's schedule, you can receive your MMJ evaluation with NuggMD in as little as 15 minutes.
Not only that, but the cost is only $99! And, if you don't qualify, you don't have to worry about any fee, it's on us. We have helped over half a million medicinal cannabis patients in California, Nevada, New York, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts receive medical recommendations from qualified physicians using the NuggMD platform.
NuggMD is a medicinal cannabis telemedicine platform that connects potential medical marijuana patients with top state-licensed MMJ physicians. Each doctor on the NuggMD platform is deeply knowledgeable about the benefits and potential uses of medical marijuana. Our modernized platform incorporates video chat services to provide private, one-on-one interactions with your doctor in real-time.
NuggMD is the leading provider of remote medical marijuana evaluations in states like New York, Nevada, and Missouri, California, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma. We've helped hundreds of thousands of patients connect with the leading and most compassion physicians qualified to issue medical marijuana evaluations. This makes NuggMD one of the largest medical providers of its kind.