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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
      Massachusetts;
    • 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 CCC 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.

CCC 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.