Certification and Registration

The Medical Use of Marijuana Program uses a web-based registry called the MMJ Online System, which is usually referred to as the Virtual Gateway.  When our medical practitioner determines that you qualify for the program, you will be certified by giving a limited amount of information to the state through the Virtual Gateway.  This is your “certification”.   

Once you are certified by us you will need to register with the state.  Registration is done through the Virtual Gateway.  It is done by the patient, though our staff can assist with it.  Your “Registration” provides the state with more detailed information about you (your address, phone number, etc.)

Diane, Care Coordinator

Both your certification and your registration need to be renewed each year.  Often the expiration dates of these two processes are different.  To be honest, it can be confusing at times.  Renewing your certification requires that you come to our office to be seen by one of our medical practitioners.  Renewing the registration is done by the patient at home, but we can assist if you bring in your login and password to your Virtual Gateway account.

Read more about the Massachusetts Program

Ruth Gilman, RN, Practice Manager


Don’t worry if things expire!  It is quick and easy to renew certification & registration.

The state requires recertification each year !

The maximum length of certification allowed by Massachusetts State Regulations is 1 year.  In order to maintain compliance with state regulations for the medical marijuana program, patients must renew their certifications each year.  An office visit is required to renew your certification.  

An active certification and registration will ensure that you will continue to benefit from the advantages of having a medical card:

  • Lower cost
  • Wider selection of products 
  • Easier access to dispensaries

Renewing your registration EACH YEAR can be done by the patient at home.  We can assist you at no charge if you bring in your login and password to your Virtual Gateway account.

Bring your login and password if you want our help to renew your registration.

Please note:  If your registration or certification expire, you will not be allowed to purchase medicinal cannabis or to go into some dispensaries. The registration and certification must both be active.

 QUESTIONS?          Call 978-594-0816 during office hours.

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Our Process

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Provide Medical Evaluation

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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.

No insurance plan currently covers marijuana card evaluations.

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Provide Online Certification

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After eligibility is confirmed with the medical evaluation our physician will certify you on the Massachusetts MMJ ONLINE SYSTEM.This certification will establish that you have a qualifying condition to legally possess and use of marijuana for medical purposes. It is valid for 12 months. When the certification is made, a unique Registration Number is generated and given to you as your “password” to register yourself in the MMJ Online System.

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Assist with Online Registration

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The state’s MMJ ONLINE SYSTEM is designed to allow patients to register themselves with the Massachusetts medical marijuana program. If desired, we offer a Registration Assistance Service for a fee of $40. You must bring photo ID and proof of residency for us to register you. Be sure you have a valid email address and password. We will scan and enter all needed documents and data to ensure you are properly registered before you leave. 

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