Qualifying for a Medical Cannabis Card in Massachusetts

If you’re a Massachusetts resident, you’re fortunate enough to live in a state that has legalized both medical and recreational cannabis. For those who have certain medical conditions, access to cannabis can be beneficial for alleviating their symptoms.

It’s normal to assume there will be hurdles in the application process – but we promise it’s easy! Perhaps you’re not sure whether you qualify, or simply don’t know how to get started. 

Canna Care Docs is here to help! What follows is everything you need to know about getting a medical marijuana card in MA.

Who qualifies for medical cannabis in Massachusetts?

To qualify for a medical marijuana card in this state, you must be:

*For patients under 18 years old, Canna Care Docs can provide medical cannabis certification with a signed recommendation from their primary care provider.

What are the qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, there’s an extensive list of conditions that may qualify you for medical marijuana certification. 

However, you may qualify even if you don’t have one of the conditions listed. The law states that patients with other symptoms may qualify, as long as a certifying provider determines that medical cannabis is right for the patient. 

Not sure if you’re eligible? Schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our cannabis providers or nurse practitioners and find out whether your condition qualifies you for a medical cannabis card.

How can I get a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

The first step is to obtain a certification through a healthcare provider such as Canna Care Docs.Schedule an appointment or visit our blog to find out where to get a medical marijuana card near Boston. You’ll meet with one of our licensed cannabis doctors, talk to them about your condition(s). Then they’ll determine if medical cannabis is right for you.

If and when you’re approved, we’ll send your certification to you via the state portal. Once you’re certified, you need to register with the state. 

How to register with the state of Massachusetts: 

How much does a medical cannabis card cost?

The cost of certifying for a medical marijuana card through Canna Care Docs in Massachusetts is $175 for a new card and $150 for a renewal. For veterans and low-income patients, the cost is $125.

What are the benefits of getting a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts?

While recreational cannabis is legal in the state, there are several advantages to being a medical cardholder in MA. If you’re eligible, it’s worth becoming a medical marijuana patient for these great benefits:

  1. You’ll save money on taxes.

In aptly nicknamed “Taxachusetts,” recreational marijuana is taxed at 17% (the combined total of excise and state sales tax). Add in your local tax of up to 3%, and you could be paying 20% in sales tax on each trip you make to the dispensary. There’s just one exception to the rule: medical card holders don’t have to pay taxes on their products, saving you a significant amount of money.

  1. You can legally possess more cannabis than recreational users.

Recreational users can buy up to one ounce of marijuana, or up to five grams of concentrate. This also applies to possession limits, with one exception: you’re allowed up to 10 ounces of adult-use products in your home. Medical patients, on the other hand, can buy (and possess) up to 10 ounces in a 60-day timeframe.

  1. You can grow more marijuana plants at home.

Interested in growing your own cannabis? As a recreational user, you can grow up to six cannabis plants, or up to 12 plants for two or more adults in the household. As a medical patient, you can independently possess a maximum of 12 flowering and 12 vegetative plants in your home. The Cannabis Control Commission states that “You may also apply for a Hardship Cultivation, which allows Registered Qualifying Patients to grow enough marijuana to yield a 60-day supply for personal medical use.”

Interested in medical cannabis? We’ll help you get started!

If you think medical cannabis might be the right choice for you, we’re here to help. Contact Canna Care Docs of Massachusetts to schedule an appointment. We’ll answer any questions you may have and guide you through the next steps!