Massachusetts has recently made marijuana legal for recreational use, and medical marijuana was legalized in 2012. It is currently legal to carry up to 1 ounce (28g) of usable pot outside the home and 10 ounces (280g) inside the home. Patients, caregivers and recreational users can grow up to 6 plants in their own home.
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So, now that marijuana is legal to use recreationally in Massachusetts, why would you want a medical card? Well, if you’re sick or have chronic and persistent pain, then it may well be worth utilising Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Program. There are also tax breaks for medical patients, and the cost of medical marijuana will likely be cheaper and more stringently tested for medicinal purposes.
Here’s how to get a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card:
1.Find Your Medical Marijuana Doctor
First, you will need to find a doctor that is compassionate to your plight, and who sees the benefits of medical cannabis in comparison to more powerful, more addictive drugs and medications. Marijuana has a broad range of uses, so may be more beneficial than many other medicines in certain cases.
2. Confirm Your Condition
Your primary physician can determine whether or not you suffer from a condition that will benefit from medical marijuana use. The following conditions have marijuana use recommended for them in Massachusetts:
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’ disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Any other condition serious enough for the physician examining you and for which he/she will recommend medical marijuana
Once confirmed, the physician will detail it on your medical records. Should you have suffered from any of the above for quite some time, then it will already be a part of your medical record.
Get Your Physician’s Statement
Once your condition has been confirmed, and there are no other reasonable alternatives, your physician will sign a written Physician’s Statement/Referral recommending you for the Massachusetts Marijuana Program and marijuana use.
3. Fill Out the Form
You will be required to fill out an application form in order to get your Medical Marijuana Card. The application fee costs $50 for both new applications and renewals. Completed application forms must include:
- Proof of ID (e.g. Massachusetts identity card, driver’s license)
- Proof of residency (e.g. bank statement, utility bill)
- Physician’s Statement
- A cheque or standing order for $50 for the application fee
- Name & address of the caregiver, if applicable
Completed application forms and documents must be sent to:
Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Email: [email protected]
4. Await Your Card
Medical Marijuana Cards and applications can take up to 30 days to process and issue. You card will include your name, unique identification card number, date of birth, issue date and expiry date. Cards must be renewed annually. Once you have your card and Physician’s Statement, you can start using Massachusetts’ medical marijuana dispensaries.