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Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get My Medical Marijuana Card?
If you are a resident of Massachusetts, and you have a qualifying medical condition, you may sign up for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to get your Medical Use of Marijuana Program ID Card.
How Can I Become a Qualified Medical Marijuana Patient?
We have a comprehensive guide to getting your medical marijuana card in MA, please refer to this for a deep dive on becoming a registered patient. Quick facts on the topic are below:
Only a licensed physician can decide if you qualify for medical marijuana under Massachusetts law. Here are the essential steps you need to take to become a qualified patient of NEA MA:
- Get an appointment with your qualified health care provider. This is required in order to begin the registration process. Your provider will evaluate you to determine if you are qualified for the medical use of marijuana.
- When your health care provider has issued you a certification, you can register for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. If this is your first time registering, your provider will give you a PIN; this PIN is required for you to register in the MMJ Online System.
- Please review this guide from the State of Massachusetts for further guidance.
- If you receive approval for registration by the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, you will receive a Medical Use of Marijuana Program ID Card.
- After this, you should visit NEA at our Fall River dispensary. We have an awesome deal for you.
Of course, please feel free to contact us at any point if you are confused about the steps necessary to get your medical marijuana card and we are happy to help you understand the requirements of the process. You can contact us here!
What are the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Massachusetts?
In order to receive your medical marijuana card, you must suffer from a qualifying medical condition as determined by the Commonwealth.
Qualifying medical conditions:
Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or other debilitating conditions as determined by a patient’s certified physician in writing.
For step-by-step instructions on how to get your Medical Use of Marijuana Program ID card, please Click Here.
How Much Marijuana Can a Medical Card Patient Purchase?
MA law allows a qualifying patient to possess up to a 60-day supply of marijuana for his or her personal medical use. The regulations define a 60-day supply as up to 10 ounces.
What Discounts Do you Offer?
NEA has instituted several discount programs that will be offered to all patients who meet the following criteria.
- Senior Discount: A 10% discount on all purchases by senior citizens (65+)- Qualifies with valid Massachusetts issued ID
- Military Veteran Discount: A 10% discount on purchases- Qualifies with valid Massachusetts issued ID and a valid Military Identification Card.
- Low Income Discount: A 10% discount on purchases dependent on extent of need- Qualifies with valid Massachusetts issued ID and either Medicaid Card, SSI letter, or other proof of low-income status.
- Terminally Ill Discount: A 20% discount on purchases and in some cases, complimentary products and treatments. This discount requires a valid Massachusetts issued ID and signed note from treating physician in an ongoing relationship with the patient.
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How Did a NEA Start?
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Are Doctors Required to Make Determinations About Appropriate Dosage?
No, doctors are not required to make determinations about appropriate dosages. The Medical Use of Marijuana Program already has regulations limiting a patient’s allowable supply. The physician’s responsibility is to determine whether or not you qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation on a patient-by-patient basis. At NEA, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist patients understanding product differences/characteristics and dosages. There are occasional exceptions, in which a physician may determine that a patient needs more than the allowable supply.
What Should I Do If My Doctor Won’t Recommend Me For Medical Marijuana?
I Have a Medical Marijuana Recommendation from Another State. Can I Use It to Purchase Medicine in Massachusetts?
No, this cannot be done, unfortunately. According to the Medical Use of Marijuana Program in Massachusetts, only patients registered with the MA Department of Public Health are permitted to enter dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana.
Can I Be in Possession of Medical Marijuna in Massachusetts if I am From Another State?
Yes. Massachusetts law has a “reciprocity clause” which permits patients from outside of Massachusetts to be in possession of medical marijuana while in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Do I Still Require a Medical Marijuana Card Now That Massachusetts Has Legal Adult Use?
Yes, you need to be a registered medical marijuana patient in MA in order to make dispensary purchases. No dispensaries in Massachusetts will be permitted to perform recreational sales in the near future.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to get your card.
Is Marijuana Legal in Massachusetts?
As of June 13th, 2018, only medical marijuana is legally allowed to be sold in certified medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts voters approved medical cannabis back in 2012.
On November 8th, 2016 Massachusetts voters legalized the use of marijuana on Question 4. The Massachusetts regulators have not yet declared an official announcement for when legal marijuana can be sold. The public voted about 18 months ago for the legalization of recreational marijuana. According to a number of sources, the first recreational marijuana dispensaries are slated to be opened on July 1st, 2018. This is not a set in stone number, however, as there are many moving parts to implement new regulations.
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Where Can I Find Qualifying Medical Marijuana Doctors?
Click to find a list of certified medical marijuana doctors.