The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) allows medical marijuana cardholders to renew their cards 60 days before expiration. Making an appointment with a certifying physician is usually the first step in the medical marijuana card renewal process. After obtaining their medical certifications, cardholders can renew their registrations online. The state’s online registration portal allows applicants to update their personal information quickly and easily. Cardholders can also renew their registrations by completing and sending the Patient Registration Renewal Form to the Cannabis Control Commission.
Applicants must include valid means of identification to confirm their residency status in Massachusetts. Acceptable IDs include a Massachusetts driver’s license, a state-issued photo ID, a utility bill (must be less than 60 days old), or a home mortgage. Generally, the CCC mails new registration cards to cardholders within 7 to 10 business days for applications submitted online. However, approval for a Massachusetts medical marijuana renewal application submitted by mail may take longer.
Medical marijuana renewal in Massachusetts is available online via the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System (MMJOS). Cardholders must first log in to their MMJOS accounts using their usernames, passwords, and unique PINs. Patients and caregivers who cannot remember their login information can reset their passwords through the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry Portal (MassCIP). After signing in, cardholders can enter their identifying information contained in physicians' medical certifications. To complete the online renewal process, follow the prompts and upload the following documents where necessary:
Medical marijuana cards in Massachusetts are valid for one year. Patients and caregivers are advised to start the process to renew their registrations 60 days before the expiry date.
Yes, obtaining a medical recommendation from a certifying healthcare provider is required before initiating a Massachusetts medical marijuana card renewal. Minors must obtain medical certifications from two certifying physicians, including a CCC-approved pediatrician. Physicians approved by the CCC to certify medical marijuana patients include physician assistants (PAs) and certified nurse practitioners (CNPs).
Generally, approved physicians are required to indicate the certifying duration, which must not exceed one year. Therefore, cardholders with expired medical certifications must recertify before renewing their medical marijuana cards. To check their certification status, cardholders can log in to their MMJOS accounts or call (833) 869-6820.
The Cannabis Control Commission does not charge a Massachusetts medical marijuana card renewal fee. However, cardholders submitting mail applications may pay some mailing costs. Also, making appointments with certifying healthcare providers involves paying professional or consultation fees.
Medical marijuana card renewal is only possible online or by mail. The CCC does not accept in-person applications. Paper applications must be mailed to the CCC at:
Cannabis Control Commission
Medical Use of Marijuana Program
Worcester Union Station
2 Washington Square
Worcester, MA 01604
No. Massachusetts does not practice medical marijuana reciprocity. Medical patients licensed in other states can only have access to recreational marijuana in Massachusetts but must present valid government-issued IDs when visiting recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state.