We’re Passionate About Medical Cannabis

And we’ve seen the powerful impact it can have firsthand. Between a vast, growing network of dispensaries, a committed, knowledgeable staff, and a wide selection of meticulously curated cannabis products, we offer a solution for every patient. Learn more about how to become or refer a patient in Massachusetts below!

Becoming a Patient

To become a qualified patient, find a licensed practitioner in your area who can grant certification. Once a physician has recommended cannabis, you must register as a qualified patient with the state to acquire your medical marijuana card. Here are the steps you need to take to become a qualified patient of Curaleaf MA:

1. Make an appointment with a healthcare provider to begin registration
2. Once certified, register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program using the PIN provided.
3. You will receive a Medical Use of Marijuana Program ID Card.
4. Contact Curaleaf Massachusetts at (781) 987-1646 or email us at info.ma@curaleaf.com to set up your first visit.

Qualifying Conditions

A qualifying patient who is younger than 18 years old and has been diagnosed by two Massachusetts licensed certifying physicians, at least one of whom is a board-certified pediatrician or a board-certified pediatric subspecialist, with a debilitating life-limiting illness, may receive a written certification, provided however that the physician may certify qualifying patient who is younger than 18 years old who has a debilitating medical condition that is not a life-limiting illness if those physicians determine that the benefits of the medical use of marijuana outweigh the risks. This must include a discussion of the potential negative impacts on neurological development with the parent or legal guardian of the qualifying patient, written consent of the parent or legal guardian, and documentation of the rationale in the medical record and the written certification.

Qualifications for a Registration Certificate:

  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Cancer and Malignant Tumors
  • Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Section 2(C) also accounts for “other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.” These conditions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Patients must be Massachusetts residents at least 18 years of age; if you are under the age of 18, there are limited circumstances in which you may be qualified for medical cannabis use. Please consult a medical professional for more information.

Healthcare Professional?
Learn How to Certify Your Patients

A certifying healthcare provider must be one of the following:

  • Massachusetts-licensed physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) who holds:
    • An active full license with no prescribing restrictions;
    • A Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration (MCSR)
    • and has at least one established place of practice in Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts-licensed certified nurse practitioner (CNP) who holds:
    • An active full license with no prescribing restrictions to practice nursing in
    • A board authorization by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing to
      practice as a CNP in Massachusetts;
    • A MCSR; and
    • Has at least one established place of practice in Massachusetts.

Healthcare professionals in Massachusetts interested in issuing written certifications for the medical use of marijuana must complete a professional development program. The continuing education program must explain the proper use of marijuana, including side effects, dosage, and contraindications, including with psychotropic drugs, as well as on substance abuse recognition, diagnosis, and use related to marijuana.

To issue a certification to a qualifying patient, you must first register with the DPH via the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System (“MMJ Online System”). To learn how to register, please read the document titled “Healthcare Provider Step-by-Step Registration Information” located at the following link.

DPH strongly encourages physicians and CNPs to consult with their own legal counsel and/or legal counsel for any health care facility with which the physician or CNP is affiliated regarding compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. You can find more information here.