Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program is fully operational and was signed into law in 2013. Patients are entitled to possess what the state defines as a “sixty day supply” of usable marijuana at any given point. Home cultivation is allowed, but the law stipulates patients may only cultivate “limited amounts.” The Massachusetts program allows for the operation of state-licensed dispensaries, with a maximum of 35 allowed to operate at any given time. The program is only open to Massachusetts residents, of which there are an estimated 22,973 enrolled. To obtain a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts, patients must apply through the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services. The department allows patients to apply for their medical marijuana card online. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and caregivers must be over the age of 21. The application costs $50 to submit and applicants must supply proof of residency, as well as electronic certification of medical marijuana evaluation by a licensed physician. Massachusetts lists, outright, 9 qualifying ailments but is fairly flexible:
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Qualified physicians reserve the right to recommend medical marijuana for ailments other than those listed above.
Patients seeking more information can contact the executive office of the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services by phone.
  • (617) 573-1600