We are a physician-owned medical practice dedicated to the certification of patients who qualify for the medical use of marijuana. Our guiding principle is to provide that service with the same care, compassion and clinical expertise that you would expect in a more traditional setting. Where we differ from the traditional setting, is in our firm belief that marijuana is an effective, alternative therapy for a variety of debilitating conditions… Read More | Meet Our Providers
The unfolding coronavirus pandemic [COVID-19] poses significant risks for everyone. The risks are even greater for our patients over age 60 and those being treated with immunosuppressing medications. As a result, we are changing our procedures at MMJ Medical Practice to reduce the risks to both our patients and our staff. Beginning on Tuesday, March 24th, the following procedures will be in effect:
- We are still here for you but patients will not be seen in the office. We continue to certify new patients and re-certify existing patients. As always, we prefer to see you in person, but during this time we are not seeing patients in the office. We are using “telemedine” to certify patients which means that we are completing the process over the telephone or with a video conference. (It has been working out for great for our patients!) Appointments can be made by calling 978-594-0816 during our business hours [Tues, Wed, Thur: 12-6 pm and Sat: 12-4 pm)
- Renewal and new certifications will be done by phone. You must make an appointment for the scheduled certification. You need to be at home with your phone (and a computer if you have one). You should arrange to be available for 30 minutes to complete the process. The telemedicine procedures will be same for most new patients.
- Registration assistance will be provided by phone if needed.
Stay safe and healthy everyone. Wash your hands frequently (warm water and soap for 20 sec). Avoid touching your face. No hand shaking or hugging. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm. Avoid gatherings and being close to others. Find activities to brighten-up your time at home. Eat well, sleep well, go for walks. Find ways to help family and friends cope with the stress we are all experiencing. Together, we’ll get through this, and come out stronger. That’s who we are.
Our regular hours are:
Tues, Wed & Thur (12-6 pm)
& Sat (12-4 pm)
CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT DURING BUSINESS HOURS
YOUR MEDICAL CARD ALLOWS YOU TO:
- SKIP THE LINE, SAVE TIME
- Recreational users wait in lines for 1-2 hours, sometimes longer!
- SAVE MONEY, NO TAXES
- Patients do not pay the 20% sales tax, this translates into a significant savings for most patients, especially those who use their medicine every day.
- HAVE BETTER SELECTION OF PRODUCTS, WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS
- Many products are reserved for medical patients only
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL PATIENT DISCOUNTS
- Some dispensaries offer fabulous cost-savings programs, vouchers, and discounts up to $200 simply for recertifying!
- VALIDATE YOUR USE OF MARIJUANA TO TREAT YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION
- Sometimes requested by employers
- GIVES YOU ACCESS TO MARIJUANA SALES IN OTHER STATES
- Maine has recently allowed Massachusetts medical card holders access to their dispensaries.
Massachusetts has eliminated the annual registration fee for all patients in the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. You save $50/year
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Why do I need certification and registration?
Certification is what doctors and nurse practitioners do. It is an online process that identifies you as having a condition that qualifies for the medical use of marijuana. Registration is what patients do. It is an online process that tells the Department of Public Health (DPH) who you are. Both certification and registration need to be renewed each year. The renewal dates might differ. Your medical marijuana card also has an expiration date which is usually the same as your registration expiration date. Both your certification and registration need to be “active” to gain entry to the dispensary as a patient.
What happens if my medical card expires?
Your connection to the medical use of marijuana program requires an active certification, an active registration and an active medical marijuana card. If one of them expires–or if all three have expired–it is relatively simple to renew them. Renewing your certification requires a visit to our office to confirm that you still have a qualifying condition. Certification becomes ACTIVE at the time of your visit. Renewing your registration can be done simply by logging into your Virtual Gateway Account, choose “renew registration”, then follow the prompts. It may take up to a week to become ACTIVE and allow you to print a temporary card. A new card will be delivered in the mail. If you come to us with your login and password to your Virtual Gateway Account, we will assist you with re-registration at no charge.
How much does it cost?
Our fee for first-time certification is $220. Our fee for recertification (for patients we have previously seen) is $170. Registration is designed for patients to do themselves, online. If you want, we can assist with your registration for a fee of $20.
Does health insurance cover any medical marijuana costs?
No. Health insurance currently does not cover the cost of certification, registration or the cost of your medicine.
What conditions qualify for medical use of marijuana?
The regulations governing medical marijuana in Massachusetts describe a qualifying condition as one that interferes with activities of daily living (work, family, social, sleep). Certifying providers must also balance risk and benefit to ensure the most favorable patient outcome. Qualifying Diagnoses
What do I need to bring?
Detailed medical records are not needed. A note from your physician supporting your certification is always welcome. A list of medications and a list of diagnoses are helpful particularly if you have a complicated medical history. You need to bring your driver’s license or other valid ID. Bring your MassHealth card if you have one. If you are renewing certification bring your Virtual Gateway Login and Password if you would like us to help you with re-registration.
How do I arrange for a caregiver?
If you are registered as a medical marijuana patient, you can choose someone to be your caregiver. A caregiver can go with you when you visit a dispensary. A caregiver can also go to a dispensary on their own to get medication for you. Caregivers must be registered online with the Department of Public Health/Cannabis Control Commission. You will need to log on to your account through the Virtual Gateway and choose the option to assign someone as your caregiver. A Massachusetts driver’s license or other appropriate identification of your caregiver will be needed. There is no charge to register a caregiver. A “Caregiver” card is mailed out about 2 weeks after registration. It is needed to gain entry to the dispensary and to purchase marijuana for a patient.[/span6] [span6]
Do you certify patients under 21 years old?
We have a small number of patients aged 18-20 who are usually accompanied by a parent when they first come to see us. It has made their certification easier. As registered patients, they are old enough to access marijuana through the state-licensed dispensaries and to be in possession of it, but they are too young to purchase or use marijuana under any other circumstances. While we recognize the independence of some under-21’s, their “in-between” legal status results in a more cautious approach to their certification. We are not certifying patients under the age of 18.
Is the Massachusetts Card accepted in other states?
Yes, but the list continues to change. You should confirm which states will honor your card prior to travel. Currently, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Maine will accept Massachusetts cards. Marijuana is sold legally to any adult in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
Do you certify for other states?
Maine: Patients with an active Massachusetts certification and registration may purchase medial marijuana from Maine dispensaries while visiting Maine. Maine no longer requires extra paperwork, just show your Massachusetts medical card and photo ID. Some Maine dispensaries may require appointments, we recommend you check in with the Maine dispensary prior to visiting for the first time.
New Hampshire & Rhode Island: We can certify residents of Rhode Island for medical marijuana use in their own state. We can also certify residents of New Hampshire for marijuana use in their state. Paperwork for the two states is available on the Internet. Conditions which qualify for cannabis use in Rhode Island and New Hampshire differ from each other and from qualifying conditions in Massachusetts. We recommend that you call our office to discuss plans before you come in.
Can I take medical marijuana with me when I travel?
We strongly advise against taking marijuana across (or close to) any USA border (interstate or international). All borders are under federal jurisdiction and marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law. Even crossing a border between two states in which marijuana is legal can result in federal prosecution. The same caution holds for security areas for air and sea travel, which are generally under federal jurisdiction as well.
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Provide Medical Evaluation[/extra_wrap] [clear]
We provide fast and easy on-site medical evaluation for all patients to determine eligibility for the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program. Our fee for a full evaluation is $220. We are available online, in person and over the phone to answer any questions you may have regarding our process, the progress of your certification and much more. We’re here to help.
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After eligibility is confirmed with the medical evaluation our provider will certify you on the Massachusetts MMJ ONLINE SYSTEM. This certification will establish that you have a qualifying condition to legally possess and use marijuana for medical purposes. It is valid for 12 months. When the certification is made, it takes effect immediately, but you still need to register.[/span4] [span4]
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Certified patients are allowed to register themselves with the Massachusetts medical marijuana program. If desired, we offer a Registration Assistance Service for a fee of $40. You will need a photo ID to register for the program. We will need you to have a valid email address with the password if we register you.[/span4] [/row_in] [/span12] [/row][/content_box]