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. Wash your hands frequently (warm water and soap for 20 sec). Find ways to help family and friends cope with the stress we are all experiencing. Together, we’ll get through this, and come out stronger.
Our regular hours are: Tues, Wed & Thur (12-6 pm) & Sat (12-4 pm) CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT DURING BUSINESS HOURS. YOUR MEDICAL CARD ALLOWS YOU TO: SKIP THE LINE, SAVE TIME Recreational users wait in lines for 1-2 hours, sometimes longer! SAVE MONEY, NO TAXES Patients do not pay the 20% sales tax, this translates into a significant savings for most patients, especially those who use their medicine every day. HAVE BETTER SELECTION OF PRODUCTS, WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS Many products are reserved for medical patients only TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL PATIENT DISCOUNTS Some dispensaries offer fabulous cost-savings programs, vouchers, and discounts up to $200 simply for recertifying! VALIDATE YOUR USE OF MARIJUANA TO TREAT YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION Sometimes requested by employers GIVES YOU ACCESS TO MARIJUANA SALES IN OTHER STATES Maine has recently allowed Massachusetts medical card holders access to their dispensaries. Massachusetts has eliminated the annual registration fee for all patients in the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. 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. 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. 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. Your connection to the medical use of marijuana program requires an active certification, an active registration and an active medical marijuana card. If one of them expires–or if all three have expired–it is relatively simple to renew them. Renewing your certification requires a visit to our office to confirm that you still have a qualifying condition. Certification becomes ACTIVE at the time of your visit. Renewing your registration can be done simply by logging into your Virtual Gateway Account, choose “renew registration”, then follow the prompts. It may take up to a week to become ACTIVE and allow you to print a temporary card. If you come to us with your login and password to your Virtual Gateway Account, we will assist you with re-registration at no charge. 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. Does health insurance cover any medical marijuana costs? Health insurance currently does not cover the cost of certification, registration or the cost of your medicine.
What conditions qualify for medical use of marijuana? The regulations governing medical marijuana in Massachusetts describe a qualifying condition as one that interferes with activities of daily living (work, family, social, sleep). Certifying providers must also balance risk and benefit to ensure the most favorable patient outcome. 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. If you are renewing certification bring your Virtual Gateway Login and Password if you would like us to help you with re-registration. 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.