How to Get Your Medical Cannabis Card in Massachusetts

Who can apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in Massachusetts?

You must be a legal resident of the State of Massachusetts with a valid state ID, be 18 years or older, and be previously diagnosed with a qualifying condition.

What does a Medical Cannabis Card include in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, you can possess the following amounts with a valid MMJ Card:

  • Flower: Up to 60 days’ supply may be recommended, which is determined to be around 10 oz.
  • Concentrates: 1 gram = 5.3 grams of raw flower.
  • This suggests that there is a maximum of approximately 50 g of concentrate for medical patients.

Access to all recreational and medicinal dispensaries or delivery services in the state of Massachusetts.

How do I apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts with Canna Care Docs?

To apply for a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts you must first make an appointment with Canna Care Docs. We offer easy online booking at or you can book by giving us a call at 866-846-2420

To prepare for your appointment you will want to collect your medical records pertaining to the qualifying condition you wish to treat with Medical Cannabis.

What Can I Expect During an Evaluation for a Medical Cannabis Card in Massachusetts?

During your appointment, you will meet directly with a knowledgeable provider who will decide if medical cannabis is right for you. Upon a recommendation from our medical cannabis practitioners, you will receive a written certification form from your medical cannabis provider which will be mailed to you directly.

What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation and card:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (when debilitating)
  • Parkinson’s disease (when debilitating)
  • Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying healthcare provider

“Debilitating” is defined in the Regulations as “causing 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.”

What Documents do I need to apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in Massachusetts?

To apply for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island you must provide a valid state ID, proof of residency, medical records, and a signed certification (obtained from Canna Care Docs)

Acceptable ID

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Identification cards issued by the state of Rhode Island
  • Birth certificate (for those under 18)

Acceptable Proof Of Residency

  • Vehicle registration
  • Voters registration
  • Correspondence from another state agency with the current date
  • Current car insurance bill

Medical Records

  • Progress notes
  • Health summary
  • List of diagnoses
  • Medication list (or pictures of prescription bottles)

Do I need to provide my medical records to Canna Care Docs?

Yes, in order for our providers to make a medical cannabis recommendation they must be able to get a full understanding of your medical history. This allows our practitioners to make an informed recommendation for medical cannabis.

How does a medical cannabis caregiver apply in Rhode Island?

A personal caregiver is someone who has agreed to assist with a registered patient’s medical use of marijuana. Caregivers must be 21 years of age and are required to register with the DPH online. Qualifying patients are allowed two caregivers and caregivers are only allowed, one patient. Caregivers may transport patients to a dispensary, transport marijuana from a dispensary on their behalf, and/or cultivate marijuana for a patient who has obtained a hardship cultivation registration. 

Can minors under 18 get a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts?

In order for a minor patient to qualify for medical cannabis in the state of Massachusetts, they must be suffering from Cancer, Epilepsy, or a life-limiting illness likely to result in death in 2 years

A debilitating medical condition that may not lead rapidly to death can be certified if BOTH doctors the benefits outweigh the risks. 

  • The parent of the minor will need to provide medical documentation stating both the child’s diagnosis and the treatment plan that has been tried as well as current medications. 
  • If the medical cannabis minor papers are signed by specialists, they will need a letter from the child’s pediatrician to sign off stating that they are aware of the child using medical marijuana as a part of their treatment plan. (There must be 2 signatures to certify a child. The referring doctor and then a certified medical marijuana doctor)

Can Medical Cannabis cardholders grow Marijuana in their home?

Yes. The law allows an individual over 21 years of age to grow up to six plants in their home.

Important Restrictions

  • A home cultivator must be at least 21 years old;
  • A home cultivator may only grow up to six plants in their home;
  • If there is more than one individual over 21 years of age living in the residence who wish to grow at home, the maximum number of plants that may be grown in a residence is 12 plants;
  • The plants must be grown in an area that is equipped with a lock or security device;
  • The plants cannot be visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft, or other optical aids;
  • •An individual cannot manufacture at home marijuana or hemp by means of any liquid or gas, other than alcohol, that has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit; and
  • A violation of the law regarding home cultivation is subject to a fine of up to $300 and forfeiture of the marijuana.

Does Massachusetts have Medical Cannabis Reciprocity?

Yes and No. As Massachusetts’s allows the sale of recreational marijuana, out of state residents over the age of 21 are allowed to purchase up to 1oz of usable cannabis. Out of state medical patients are unable to purchase and take advantage of the medicinal program within Massachusetts.


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