- 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.
No. Health insurance currently does not cover the cost of certification, registration or the cost of your medicine.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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