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MedMar Medical was formed to allow qualified patients to obtain a Letter of Recommendation from a physician, and ultimately to be able to secure a state "when-issued" DPH Medical Marijuana Card. The Letter or the "when-issued" MMJ card both permit the legal use of marijuana for defined medical conditions. (see Qualifying Conditions)
Under the final regulations issued by the Department of Health, a Qualifying Patient must be a "Massachusetts resident 18 years of age or older who has been diagnosed by a Massachusetts licensed certifying physician as having a debilitating medical condition...". A debilitating condition is one that affects and substantially limits one or more major life activities including activities such as eating, sleeping, ambulating, working, and socializing. Therefore the final decision for certifying a qualifying patient is left to a qualified Massachusetts licensed physician. Minors are covered under different rules. (See Final DPH Regulations)
On November 20, 2013, the DPH issued an FAQ which elaborates on the implementation of the final regulations. (See FAQ Nov 20, 2013). As of this date there is no state issued MMJ card in Massachusetts and no dispensaries are opened as yet.
On December 19, 2013, the DPH stated "Patients who have a physician’s written certification for the medical use of marijuana will not be required to register with the Department of Public Health (DPH) on January 1, 2014. DPH will not begin registering patients and caregivers until it completes development of an online registration system, at a date to be announced later in 2014. DPH will notify the public well in advance on its medical marijuana website, www.mass.gov/medicalmarijuana, when this online registration system is operational and must be used."
In order to avoid duplicate and expensive medical testing, MedMar Medical requires that all of our patients have a primary care provider or specialist who can provide medical records that document the existence of one of the qualifying conditions for which the use of medical marijuana is being sought. (see Medical Records) (see Patient Forms)
MedMar Medical is also now accepting Rhode Island residents in our Quincy office who require a physician's certification to obtain a RI Medical Marijuana card.
Our attending physicians offer qualified patients a Letter of Recommendation. We do not prescribe medical marijuana, nor physically assist patients in cultivating, using, or obtaining cannabis.