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How do I become a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient?


marijuana trade group 230x230 photoHow do I become a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient under the new law?

To be a qualified patient protected under the Massachusetts medical marijuana law, you will need to obtain a written recommendation from your doctor on or after January 1, 2013.

A written recommendation is a document signed by a licensed physician. It states that the potential medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the qualifying patient. It also specifies the patient’s debilitating medical condition. There are no set parameters for what conditions qualify you for a card, that is up to your doctor and you to decide.

For a current list of doctors specializing in evaluations and recommendations for medical marijuana Click Here.

When the state has developed the infrastructure, there will be a process to mail the recommendation to the state for verification. The state will then issue you a registration card indicating that you are enrolled in the medical marijuana program.

Until the approval of final regulations, written certification by a physician shall constitute a registration card for a qualifying patient.

For a current list of doctor’s specializing in evaluations and recommendations for medical marijuana Click Here.

02/13/2013 |

75 thoughts on “How do I become a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient?

  1. doug says:

    What are the illnesses u have to have to get a medical marajawana card

    • Joe says:

      you cannot even spell marijuana correctly, you clearly are just trying to scam your way into getting one haha ridiculous

  2. admin says:

    Doug the law is very vague about this. It basically states that any long standing illness that marijuana can be of help for. It ranges from cancer, to ADD and everything in between.

  3. josh says:

    Im 23 and was diagnosed with stage two brain cancer would I be qualified, and if so do you know of any studies I could take part in with my sickness to help further the medicinal purpose of marijuana?

    • JuiceMan says:


      Cancer is on the list and research in the field of “CURE” is what many consider cutting edge technology.

      Hopefully sooner in Massachusetts and this country united or The World, if I may say, that we will have a better understanding and safe access to cannabis. Measurable amounts of cannabis and the many of its misunderstood derivatives, like cannabidiol CBD, CBD-A, CBN, THC, and THC-A that are on the rise as alternatives. I truly want to help people that need safer alternatives for treatment with many of this countries chronic health issues that are hard to treat. Most who need these medicines legal to use would prefer to be healthy without the risk and in some case real life negative side effects of FDA approved medicines and procedures used by and preformed on many Americans daily.

      Here is a good site to get started with lots of info :

      Thanks and I wish you the best with your selection of cancer treatment and researching it.
      The search for safer alternatives to a healthier life should never end.

      Peace and Green Blessings

      Please get informed and attend your local DPH hearings on the 19th of april 2013.

      All three hearings will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the following locations:

      1. Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360

      2. Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
      Public Health Council Room,
      250 Washington St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02108

      3. Look Park Garden House, 300 N. Main St., Florence, MA 01062

      These meetings will inform you & will effect future policies in this state. Get your voice heard now or simply show up as a true sign of support. Your input on this often misunderstood medicine could make a difference.

      Other healthy alternatives to consider:


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  5. admin says:

    Josh you certainly qualify. As far as studies I would start by asking your doctor about getting a prescription, if he says no, find one that will say yes using the link in this article. Whomever gets you a prescription would be the person to ask about studies. Or you could contact organizations like NORML, and they may be able to put you in touch with people doing medical studies. Best of Luck.

  6. Alice Smejkal says:

    I was wondering if severe migraines, sleep apnea, deppression, also fractured tale bone.
    would work for a card marijuana helps with the pain and relaxes me from migraines.

  7. joseph estes says:

    Icant get my card because my dr’s refuse to take part in this program what can i do ?

  8. Lucy says:

    I have type 2 Diabetes and severe depression do I qualify?

  9. AlexandraMary says:

    Hello I’m 23 and just recently was diagnosed with glaucoma, i’m taking eye drops now but they do nothing for my headaches. I don’t like taking any medication besides marijuana and natural remedies, do you believe I’m a likely candidate for a MMJ Card? I see places charging a lot so I don’t want to waste my money.

  10. jon b. says:

    was wondering if haveing anxiety and ptsd from being deployed would qualify me for this?

    • JuiceMan says:

      Jon B. First step get your medical records then find a Dr that is close or that you can afford from the list of 8 currently listed on this site. If you have a doctor alreadly have him review the proper forms as you should yourself do if you have not already.

      They are printable in pdf format and can be found here :

      I live in western Mass so I picked the only one in my area. I am also a fellow veteran who is finding this method of medication somewhat hard to navigate.

      Please get informed and attend your local DPH hearings on the 19th of april 2013.

      All three hearings will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the following locations:

      1. Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360

      2. Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
      Public Health Council Room,
      250 Washington St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02108

      3. Look Park Garden House, 300 N. Main St., Florence, MA 01062

      These meetings will inform you & will effect future policies in this state. Get your voice heard now or simply show up as a true sign of support. Your input on this often misunderstood medicine could make a difference.

      Veterans need a National voice on this often misunderstood alternative to treat conditions that effect so many.
      Thanks and Best of luck with your search for safer alternatives.

  11. Leah G says:

    I’m 19 years old, and I’ve had Anemia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD since about 12 years old. Do i qualify for a card ? If so, are there any reccomendations as to who to see and getting the referal ?

  12. Leah G says:

    I also forgot to mention the Insomnia also.

  13. Betsy says:

    I have alot of health issues and am so glad that this is coming…I have crohn’s and fibro, joint issues, disgenerist(sp) back and many others. I have used marijana for years with great results. With the crohn’s my days can be so bad, end up not moving much because of the nausa. With the pot all I have to do is two puffs and I am feeling better. Make the nausa go and I can do some daily things…Would it be better to have more doctors, I have about three, to get the card. Thanks for the info…

  14. Robby says:

    Hey, i am 17 years of age and diagnosed with ADD. I will be 18 in about a month and a half but i would like to get my medical card now before i turn 18 because i have the money at the moment. I’ve searched about if I could obtain one still being under 18 and not having a life threatening condition and have gotten different answers but id really like to know.

  15. RJ says:

    my question. i have no medical history proving a way to get a card but i cant sleep at night. its like im on adys or something. and when i smoke marijuana i can easily fall asleep. do i need to go see me PCP first or can i just go show up at a clinic stating what im going through without records. im from mass

  16. Chris says:

    I have always suffered from minor add but never too bad where I needed treatment but in the last 8 months if had several accidents where i hit my head and got one giant concussion pretty much. I’m at the point where I can not focus, have a poor memory, and can’t perform some daily tasks. The add got a lot worse and might Most likley stay this bad. I’m perscribed amphetamine salts and amantadine. I did some reasearch on my own and found that marijuana is a safer alternative to amantadine. Also I have had trouble getting the right dose for the aderall but ready in several articles that it helps reduce several attributes of the medince that could help me. I was just looking for a second opinion.

  17. cobi says:

    I have bipolar one and depression could I get medical marijuana

  18. Leo says:

    I’m a 30 year old with sleep apnea. I have an oral appliance but I still wake up drowsy with severe headaches. If I take just a hit or two before bed I seem to sleep much better. A recent study have indicates that marijuana might be beneficial to sleep disorders.

    Do I qualify?

  19. Danny says:

    I have been suffering from extremely frequent headaches (about 3 – 4 per week) and the occasional migraine (maybe 2 or 3 per month) . I am allergic to most over-the-counter pain-relievers , like Ibuprofen and Advil . Tylenol , the only one I am not allergic to , does not lower the frequency of my headaches at all . My physician prescribed me to meds “Sumatriptan” and “Topiramate”
    , both of which have been giving me a hard time . Sumatriptan is taken when signs of a migraine are occuring . It makes me feel like s**t ; I do not wish to move and loads of uncomfortable pressure (not pressure from the migraine) are present everywhere in my body after consuming a tablet . It is a painful and uncomfortable experience . Topiramate is a tablet which I take daily , bent on lowering the amount of headaches I have each week . Taking Topiramate daily prohibits my chances of falling asleep at night . Experimentally cycling the consumption of it has led me to believe that Topiramate is what hinders my ability to fall asleep , where not taking it makes it much easier to fall asleep . I can’t forget the nasty side effects of these two drugs (sulfur deposits into blood streams , kidney failure after prolong use) . I am only seventeen , but I am wondering if you people think I am qualified for medical marijuana when I turn eighteen .

  20. kevin l says:

    I have back pain ,depression, anxiety and a severe stumic problem like I have holes in my intestints and I puke every morning from it would I qualify for a mass med card?

  21. Andrew says:

    I have anxiety, ADHD and trouble sleeping occasionally. Do any of those qualify?

  22. jake says:

    hey ladies and gentlemen my names Jake. I was wondering if i would be able to get my card. Ok so when I was younger i was playing basketball and landed on my back. It was never correctly replaced and i have severe pain (like 10/10 sharp pain). I also still play sports football hit my head have 2 concussion ( im fine now) then i hit my knee and it just feels like its going to give out all the time with 7/10 pain. Im currently 15 years old i dont know if theres a age limit but i have smoked once in my life and the pain was just gone. so please get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you!

  23. jake says:

    hey i am 18 and for over a year now i have been a crohns disease patient though they say i have had it since middle school. its hard to sleep at night im always in chronic pain and meds dont always work, do you think i qualify? i was gonna ask my doctor on my next visit and my mom said its cool if i smoke at home as long as i get a medical card. not gonna lie like most teenagers ive tried it before and it makes me feel so much better and i would honestly love to get medical just because it would help me sleep and overall not feel like shit 24/7


  24. Mat says:

    My son has had 4 major ear surgeries for Cholestiatomas. Now he suffers from migraine headaches & muscular & skeletal pain around the ear area. He does not want to take any more pain meds & has tried Marijiuana, it really helps him with the headaches & ear pain. Do you think he s a candidate for medical Marijiuana ? We discussed it with his Primary Care, she said, it was a good idea if it works for him.
    Any info is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, Kat

  25. Luke says:

    Hi i have a physican recomendation from a liceseced physican in colorado, i grew up in mass but now live and am a resident of colorado. Does my physican recomendation from colorado protect me in massachusetts unti they have there system up an running?

  26. Sharon says:

    First, I feel the need to comment on the “do I qualify” questions.
    I believe the answer to many is “No, you do not.”
    I have discussed this subject at length with my personal physician and the dispensing of medical marijuana isn’t intended to treat every day ailments that are easily treatable with conventional medicine.
    It is intended to help cancer patients, people with (severe) digestive disorders, people with chronic pain (not like I had a headache for a few days), degenerative disorders, bone pain, nerve pain etc.

    I have chronic Lyme disease, Lyme arthritis, prosthetic knees, laryngopharangeal reflux, severe neuropathy, chronic headaches, and more and my Doctor has told me that I may or may not qualify depending on the State guidelines.
    I am 50+ years old and do not use marijuana.

  27. Sharon says:

    To Luke
    Any type of ‘coverage’ from another state means nothing in a strate where it was not issued or is still considered illegal.
    Colorado doesn’t protect you in Massachusetts

  28. BSchneider3745 says:

    I have a question?! How long does it takes, after you mail the recommendation letter, for the state to issue the card? Is this something they still working on this issue or are they already sending cards?

  29. Jenitsa says:

    Hi, currently I am a medical marijuana patient in the state of California, will this be considered if I already have a perscription for a year in my current state. Also I have cronic anxiety and would much rather something more holistic to cure my symptoms, migraines ect… will I be considered , also I will not have insurance, what are the effects of not having insurance to get a documented ailment from a local DR.?

  30. Mike says:

    I have a job that does background checks. Would I be in danger of losing my job if I get a medical card?

  31. Sheila says:

    I have chronic depression, PTSD ,IBS, fibromyalgia, severe sleep problems, anxiety, ADHD, high blood pressure,sleep apnea, and I’m on a cpap machine, are any of these something that maybe qualified for a medical marjuana card,in Ma. I have severe pain levels from Fibro Dailey. Never goes below a 6-7 pain level and spikes at least 1-2 times a wk. to a pain level of 10
    Plus. Thanks for any info

  32. bj says:

    I have severe depression, ptsd, and anxiety. Does that qualify?

  33. Henry says:

    I’m an Army veteran diagnosed with PTSD and depression. I am able to leave home, function as a member of society, not freak out and hurt people, and sleep because I lie to my VA psychiatrist about being medication compliant and buy marijuana illegally on the street. Is PTSD a qualifying reason to get a script?

  34. Mike C 11 says:

    As I understand the law :

    One must get their card from a doctor
    who would issue u a Card.
    The office doctors note allows u to
    purchase until ur Card arrives…
    Many doctors on line..

    Many many ailments will qualify u.
    From cancers to DJD to ADHD.

    But MUST have records of ur diagnosis !!!

  35. Lenny Brown says:

    Would I be able to qualify for a medical marijuana card if I have Bi-polar type 1 and a history of depression and anxiety?

  36. melissa hall says:

    hello I amm a 44 yr old disabled woman dealing with hiv and chronic pain. I can get the doctes letter no problem. my question is whom do I send the letter to? there is no addresss listed. im very serious sbout this, so could you plese respond as soon as possible.

  37. Lala says:

    Well I have ADHD and smoking helps me stay calm and cool and not go crazy on everything. That’s something kills ect don’t do for me or anything else I also get random back pains that are killed and random heart pains and in my ribs. Would all this help me qualify for my medical card in mass? And if so how would you say I should go about to getting it.

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  41. P.J. Kent says:

    I have a tremendous amount of pain, i fractured my tibia and fibula and tore two tendons in my ankle that are now wrapped in kevlar and i have a 6 screws and 2 rods holding my leg together. I suffered a compartment fracture and was in the hospital for 12 days. I had a skin graft preformed as well. I had a trauma from accident and have potential to suffer from ptsd. I was recently taken off my prescription medicine and i am still in unbearable pain. Is it a possibility to qualify because otherwise i don’t know how i can sleep at night.

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  44. Michael Hartman says:

    Is It true if you donbt have your card by january 1 st of 2015 you can never get it

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  46. carolann says:

    I’m looking for a list of doctors who are knowledgeable and have a desire to help people get their card. Anybody have a list of doctor’s in the Plymouth MA area? Could you please expound on the statement in regard to acquiring your card before the new year?

  47. Brendan says:

    Hey I am 18 and I was wondering if I could qualify for a medical card because ever since football I had neck problems and I also have ADD. I have neck pains that keep growing that have been going on for the past 3-4 months due to a hard hit to the head and I can’t move my neck backwards for quite a long period of time. When I smoke marijuana it feels better and the pain goes away. Would I be able to acquire a card?

  48. PhishPhanPhil says:

    I have epilepsy, simple partial, I have seizures one a month on average, I am also narcoleptic, have arthritis in my hips, hepatitis C, and a lesion on my liver ( have not determined if it is benign or not, hopefully it is) Although I am very concerned about using medical marijuana since the evidence shows that marijuana has more tar than tobacco by almost double. There is also loads of evidence about marijuana containing Also marijuana contains many of the same carcinogens as tobacco, at least 50 of them, the last thing I want is to increase the likelihood of cancer. Research has shown that it has benzyprene which alters our p53 gene. I am a little confused on why people would smoke marijuana to deal with the side effects of chemo therapy when marijuana causes cancer? I would appreciate any insight.

  49. PhishPhanPhil says:

    My second question is this, I see above a lot of posts by people with anxiety and adhd and depression asking if they can smoke marijuana for their symptoms; yet aren’t there countless medications that already deal with these disorders? Aren’t the medications that are already approved by the FDA shown to NOT contain carcinogens, pathogens, and mutagens like marijuana contains? Why would anybody want to consume a medication that is linked to countless other medical issues as opposed to, say a benzodiazepine, that has been used for years and doesn’t have all of these issues? Is this because of a lack of information available to the public, or is it evidence that people simply want their medical marijuana card because they like to get high? I can’t imagine smoking marijuana to help with focus issues. Maybe I am viewing the issues from an all too logical perspective, and neglecting other factors, but it would seem to me that the only motive for seeking medical marijuana for “illnesses” like depression is simply to get high. That or there is an incredible amount of ignorance as to the risk factors of marijuana. Lastly, is there a medical form of the chemical CBD’s sort of like there was Marinol, or whatever it was for THC? Marinol states that it increases appetite which is of particular interest to me, I have gone from 165 lbs to 114 lbs, losing almost 1/3 of my body weight. I did note that the first important safety information that is provided on the marinol website concerns Marinol seizures. It talks of the way that Marinol has caused seizures, as an epileptic I have noticed that tons of drugs have seizures as a listed side effect, and very few have caused me to have seizures. However rarely is it listed as the first risk and emphasized this way. This is also a concern of mine when considering medical marijuana to try to control my seizures. If Marinol increases the risk of seizures isn’t it a logical conclusion that marijuana does too?

  50. Brandon says:

    would i be able to get one if i have ADD?

  51. John says:

    Do you need medical insurance to get a medical marijuana card?

  52. Nick says:

    In regards to PhishPhanPhil’s comment, I am a medical marijuana user who suffers from really bad anxiety. Before I found out that marijuana helped with my condition I was talking Klonopin, a benzodiazepine, and a large part of the reason I wanted a card was to avoid taking the pills. Benzo’s are not healthy for you in the long-term and are incredibly addictive. Depending on the dosage you can everything up to seizures when coming off them. Not to mention the other negative side-effects the pill has even while taking it like decreased appetite and a general lack of energy. I can say that marijuana is markedly better for me in the long-term. I can’t speak to depression patients, but I’m sure there are others like me who much prefer to use marijuana than take pills for the rest of my life.

  53. Nick says:

    To answer more of PhishPhanPhil’s questions, this quote was taken from elsewhere, but helps explain the whole chemo patients using it. Before I post it however I will say there are no large-scale studies that have shown marijuana causes cancer, that is all speculation and not proven at this point. Here is the quote, “Cannabis smoke contains many of the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke, including greater concentrations of certain aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzopyrene, prompting fears that chronic marijuana inhalation may be a risk factor for tobacco-use related cancers. However, marijuana smoke also contains cannabinoids such as THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), which are non-carcinogenic and demonstrate anti-cancer properties in vivo and in vitro. By contrast, nicotine promotes the development of cancer cells and their blood supply. In addition, cannabinoids stimulate other biological activities and responses that may mitigate the carcinogenic effects of smoke, such as down-regulating the inflammatory arm of the immune system that is responsible for producing potentially carcinogenic free radicals (unstable atoms that are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer).”

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  55. Val says:

    okay so. basically i was told by someone else i could get the card, but im not too sure. i have aspergers, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, insomnia, and apparently mood disorder. i just kind of wanted to double check and see if im qualified before i go to a doctor about it.

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  58. REDEYE says:

    Would. I get. Approved for. A medical mj. Card. In mass if. I. Have dislocated my shoulder 3 time
    and I have adhd& anxiety attack

  59. Claire says:

    Even though this is much delayed, I wanted to respond to PhishPhanPhil’s comments with my personal experiences in case anyone has the same ones.

    To set up a backdrop: mental health problems have been happening my entire life. It has never mattered if I was 8 years old in art class, a 15 year old getting shouted at, or an adult living on my own with a successful career. I have always been scared, sad, and suicidal. I tried to hang myself in August, but the rope broke and I just stood there for a few minutes, thinking about how pathetic it was that I could not even kill myself correctly.

    For the past five-six years, I’ve given benzos, SSRIs, and the usual medications a shot. They aren’t working.

    For me (personally), Klonopin causes memory lapses with no real reduction of anxiety. When I take Ativan, I don’t notice. Seroquel puts me to sleep, but it leaves me with a nasty hangover the next morning, and I’m tired of waking up in tears. SSRIs have never made me feel better, they have only made me fatter. Wellbutrin and beta blockers are what I am trying right now for anxiety and depression, and they do what they can, but it’s not working. There are other medications, but I’m done.

    Weed helps me sleep, weed calms my anxiety, and I am more productive after I take a few hits. I would trade my health for that, because I need all the help I can get at this point.

    I’m on zero hours of sleep, but hopefully that makes a little sense.

  60. Marsha says:

    I have insomnia and it’s starting to effect my ability to function in my everyday life again. In the past I was prescribed Ativan for anxiety, but I don’t want to take any pills for anxiety or sleep. I also have genital herpes which can be painful at times. Can these 3 conditions be treated with all natural medical marijuana?

  61. corey says:

    im 18 and I have extremely bad insomnia, anxiety, really bad depression, bipolar, severe acid reflex (might need surgury) and was wondering if I qualify

  62. Paul says:

    I’ve had kidney stones a couple of times, which I passed on my own and now I experiance pain in my urethra and recently had knee surgery where they put a coupe of screws in my knee due to the fact blood flow was interrupted to my knee causing cartilage to dry up and fall off . I also have chronic back problems and random joint pains at times. I have been a user of marijuana for over a decade now and I know that it helps me deal with my body’s problems. Do you think I qualify for the medical use of marijuana?

  63. missy says:

    I have a letter from my Dr already. So what next? Will that letter allow me to go to a dispensary when they open or will I need to get a card. And if I need a card where do I get one without being seen by another Dr considering my primary care already gave me a recommendation?

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  69. richie says:

    I am a type 1 diabetic, would this illness alone qualify me to get a marijuana med card do you guys think? I am perfectly healthy in every way except for the fact that I am a type 1 diabetic!

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