Massachusetts Medical Marijuana

On November 06, 2012, 63% of Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3 (effective January 01, 2013).

Ballot Question 3, intends that there should be “no punishment under state law for qualifying patients, physicians, and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana”.

The Department is required to issue registrations for up to thirty-five non-profit medical marijuana treatment centers, provided that at least one treatment center shall be located in each county, with not more than five in any one county, in the first year after the effective date of Ballot Question 3.


Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-624-5062
WebsiteMassachusetts Medical Marijuana Program

The Massachusetts medical marijuana initiative was passed in 2012 after being approved by a 63% margin of voters, becoming effective as of January 1st, 2013. In order to qualify into the program, a patient must be a resident of Massachusetts, and be evaluated by a physician to determine if they qualify based on their documented, diagnosed condition. If the physician agrees that your condition could benefit from the use of medical marijuana, they file an approval with the state, and the patient is given a login and PIN number to access the state’s medical cannabis “gateway”, which allows you to complete the registration process. Once complete, the state will mail you a registration card which will allow you access to one of 11 state licensed dispensaries. Individual patients can designate a personal caregiver that’s 21 or older to cultivate medical cannabis on their behalf if they cannot access a dispensary or qualify as needing financial assistance. Massachusetts medical marijuana patients may not access more than 10 ounces every 60 days. Massachusetts does not offer reciprocity to out-of-state patients.

To access the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program, a person must have a documented diagnosis of at least one of the following qualifying conditions:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Crohn’s disease
Hepatitis C
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s disease
A condition that could benefit from the use of medical cannabis, as determined by the diagnosing physician of the qualifying patient. Examples include anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and insomnia.

For more information on Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Program, check out these links:

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program Rules

Massachusetts Qualifying Conditions and State Laws

Becoming a Patient in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Advocates

Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance

New England Veterans Alliance

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensaries