Become a medical cannabis patient in Massachusetts

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To obtain a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts, follow these steps:

Step 1

Obtain a recommendation from a qualifying licensed physician. If you are having difficulty locating a physician, you can search the internet for “MA Medical Marijuana Doctors” to find a qualified licensed physician.

The following offices are offering telemedicine appointments for new and renewing patients: MedWell Health, Alternative Wellness Centers, CannaCare Docs, CED Clinic, The Holistic Center and NuggMD

Step 2

Next, register with the Cannabis Control Commission. You will need the following: PIN number provided by your certifying physician, valid photo ID, proof of residency, and current photograph of yourself.

Step 3

When you complete the registration process, you will be prompted to “print your temporary access ID.” This temporary access ID will allow you to visit Central Ave same day and purchase up to a 14-day supply of cannabis (up to 2.5 ounces).

The benefits of becoming a Central Ave dispensary patient

$100 Patient Refund Card

Central Ave Compassionate Care offers new and old patients $100 worth of Patient Refund Vouchers. Which helps offset the cost of your medical card.

How does it work?

  • Come see us within 30 days after Dr. Certification is received.
  • 4- $25 vouchers will be added to Your Patient Profile
  • You can redeem one voucher per visit when you spend over $100.
  • You have 60 days to redeem all four vouchers.

No Tax

There is no tax on medical marijuana purchases. That’s a savings of 20% on every purchase. If you purchase an eighth of flower on average each week, you could save over $500 a year by becoming a patient.

Longer Supply

Registered patients may purchase up to a 60-day supply (up to 10 ounces).

Increased Dosage

Registered patients have access to edibles with higher dosage.

Becoming a Patient FAQs

No, medical marijuana is not covered by insurance at this time.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept out of state medical marijuana cards at this time.

We encourage any patient with questions regarding strain selection, dosage, administration or anything else cannabis related to schedule a consultation with us. Our staff is here to help you feel educated and empowered when making your selections. Please call us at 978-772-2273 to schedule a consultation.

There are so many benefits to becoming a registered medical marijuana patient!

  • There is no tax on medical marijuana purchases for registered patients. (Adult-use or recreational purchases are charged a 20% Marijuana Retail Tax.) 
  • Registered patients have access to sales, specials and promotions. (Recreational shops are not permitted to run specials, sales, promotions or discounts of any kind.) 
  • Registered patients can purchase up to a 60-day supply of cannabis. (Recreational purchases are limited to 1 oz per day.)
  • Registered patients have access to edibles with higher dosage limits.

A personal caregiver is a registered individual that can perform the following duties: transport a patient to and from a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MTC), obtain and transport marijuana from an MTC on behalf of a patient, cultivate marijuana on behalf of a patient who has obtained a hardship cultivation registration, prepare marijuana for consumption by a patient, and administer marijuana to a patient.

Registered patients have the option of designating up to two personal caregivers to assist with the medical use of cannabis. In order to designate a personal caregiver, patients must log into the MMJ Online System and under the “My Caregivers” section, generate a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for potential caregiver(s). For step by step instructions on how to select a personal caregiver with the Cannabis Control Commission, please click here.

Qualifying conditions include: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), and other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a certified physician.

To qualify as a patient you must obtain a certification from a qualifying licensed physician. A qualifying physician is a Massachusetts licensed physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) registered with the Cannabis Control Commission who certifies that in their professional opinion, the potential benefits of medical use of cannabis would likely outweigh any health risks that may be associated. If you are having difficulty locating a physician you can search the internet for “MA Medical Marijuana Doctors” to find a qualified licensed physician with the Cannabis Control Commission. The qualifying physician will evaluate you to determine if you are qualified for the medical use of marijuana program. If you are qualified, your physician will issue you a certification through the Cannabis Control Commission MMJ Online System. Once your physician has issued you a certification, you will receive your initial access temporary ID, they will give you instructions on how to register through the MMJ Online System and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This PIN is required for you to register in the MMJ Online System.