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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana

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


Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

On February 12, 2016, the Patriot Care Corp. was approved by Governor Charlie Baker’s Administration, allowing retails sales of marijuana to registered qualifying patients and personal caregivers. The Massachusetts Patient Registry application fee, is $50. The Massachusetts Marijuana Registry is mandatory. 


The State of Massachusetts has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Massachusetts state guidelines. 

Since the Massachusetts medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Massachusetts medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Massachusetts medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Massachusetts’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Massachusetts medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Massachusetts’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Massachusetts.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Massachusetts’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”. 


On October 08, 2014, the DPH posted a statement on their website, saying that, 

“The Medical Use of Marijuana Online System (MMJ Online System) is now available of qualifying patients to register to possess marijuana for medical purposes. You will need to register with the MMJ Online System by January 01, 2015, in order to possess marijuana for medical purposes, even if you already have a paper written certification from your physician. Paper written certification will no longer be valid as of February 01, 2015.” 


Massachusetts law allows medical marijuana patients to possess a sixty-day supply, defined specifically, as “10 ounces”:

“The Department shall issue a cultivation registration to a qualifying patient whose access to a medical treatment center is limited by verified financial hardship, a physical incapacity to access reasonable transportation, or the lack of a treatment center within a reasonable distance of the patient’s residence. The Department may deny a registration based on the provision of false information by the applicant. Such registration shall allow the patient or the patient’s personal caregiver to cultivate a limited number of plants, sufficient to maintain a 60-day supply of marijuana, and shall require cultivation and storage only in an enclosed, locked facility”.


Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Massachusetts in our definitive guide of Massachusetts’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Massachusetts’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.


Read Massachusetts’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Massachusetts’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print Massachusetts’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into Massachusetts’s laws for his knowledge.


Find out how to obtain a{n} Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Massachusetts’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Massachusetts’s requirements.


Our list of Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Facts will help you seperate the facts from the myths in Massachusetts’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.