We understand the difficulties involved with determining patient/caregiver eligibility, which is why we have made it easy for Massachusetts residents! Read through the list below to determine if you qualify as a patient and how to register.
Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing your healthcare provider/certifying practitioner
Schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your conditions and medical marijuana.
If your doctor cannot certify you, patients/caregivers can visit Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance to view a list of physicians who may be able to recommend medical marijuana
Your doctor's office will let you know what to bring to your first visit.
You will have time to ask questions about medical marijuana and how it can best work for your needs.
At the end of your visit, your doctor will decide whether to certify you, and for how long.
Your doctor will then initiate the registration process; you should receive an email with additional instructions.
Access the government-issued application forms at the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH) website.
Before you register, make sure you have:
Access to the internet
Access to a scanner or a mobile phone or other device capable of uploading documents
Your PIN number, as provided to you by your health care provider, and emailed to you by the Program, after you are certified
Current valid form of identification (ID) or proof of residency (if you're not using a MA ID with a current address)
Current photograph of yourself
A form of payment or a proof of verified financial hardship.
Upload all necessary documentation to your computer.
Register with the Virtual Gateway (VG) - the state system that houses the MMJ online system (instructions are in the email you received)
Register with the MMJ online system.
Submit your payment or apply for the fee waiver.
Review & submit your application.
After a few days, you'll receive a temporary paper program ID card - print & use this until your official card arrives.
Tips to Remember
The MMJ Online System times out after 30 minutes of inactivity.
You must carry your program ID card at all times while in possession of medical marijuana.
Take note of your doctor’s certification date. It’s different than your annual registration with the state, and needs to be active in order for you to visit a dispensary.