If you are a resident of Massachusetts and after being certified by a qualified health care provider, a physician qualified to dispense medical marijuana must diagnose you with a debilitating condition.
As outlined in the Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana, Section 2(C), the term “debilitating medical condition” includes the following:
- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
- Cancer and malignant tumors
- Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
- 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:
- Chronic Back Pain
- RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Once your health care provider has issued you a certification, you may register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. If this is your first time registering, your provider will give you a PIN; this PIN is required for you to register in the MMJ Online System. See below links for further instructions.
If the Program approves your registration, you will receive a Medical Use of Marijuana Program ID Card. This card is then valid for a year from when your doctor issued the certification.
For step-by-step guidance on how to register with the state’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program please refer to this document produced by DPH.