The Cannabis Control Commission of Massachusetts lists eight qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana access. In addition to these, it also allows certified physicians to recommend medical cannabis treatment for other debilitating conditions.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts only issues medical marijuana cards to individuals diagnosed with the following debilitating medical conditions:
However, the state also allows certified physicians to recommend medical cannabis for other debilitating conditions. These include those causing weakness, cachexia, wasting syndrome, intractable pain, or nausea. Other qualifying debilitating outcomes include symptoms impairing strength or ability and progressing so far as to substantially limit the patient’s major life activities.
There are currently no provisions for expanding Massachusetts’ list of qualifying medical conditions. The state has not added to this list since the inception of its medical marijuana program and does not have a petition system in place to propose the addition of new medical conditions.
No. Massachusetts clearly defines qualifying diseases and conditions and requires certified medical providers to only recommend medical cannabis for conditions mentioned on this list.
Yes. A written recommendation from a certifying healthcare provider is a compulsory requirement for any patient applying to join the Massachusetts medical cannabis program. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission accepts qualifying patient certifications from Massachusetts-licensed:
In addition to getting a qualifying patient certification from an eligible healthcare provider, anyone applying for a medical marijuana program registration card in Massachusetts must also be:
A minor may qualify for a Massachusetts medical marijuana card if diagnosed of a debilitating life-limiting illness by two state-licensed certifying healthcare providers, one of whom must be a board-certified pediatrician or board-certified pediatric subspecialist.