COVID-19 TELEHEALTH VISITS
Guidelines May 18, 2020
To mitigate the health hazards of in-office visits, we have changed our medical marijuana certification practice to TeleHealth to service your medical needs. Based on today’s (“DPH Provider Reopening Guidance”) from the Department of Public Health, we shall continue to provide TeleHealth services until further notice.
MedMar Medical LLC (CCC Reg. No. D11021) was formed to permit qualified patients to possess and use marijuana for medical purposes. Qualifying patients seeking to self-medicate with cannabis and to have access to dispensaries must possess a Cannabis Control Commission (“CCC”) medical marijuana (“MMJ”) license.
Although cannabis is now legal for recreational purposes in Massachusetts, there will continue to be Medical Dispensaries for which only patients with an MMJ card will have access. There is no state tax for products obtained in a Medical Dispensary and no restrictions on the kinds and potencies of the products available. Shops have restrictions on products and a tax on all sales of up to 23%.
To obtain an MMJ license, qualifying patients must be certified by a CCC registered medical provider. With the MedMar Medical issued certification code, a patient then has to register with the CCC in order to obtain or maintain an MMJ license. We will provide written instructions on how to self-register through the MMJ Online System (See CCC 15-Step Registration). If a patient is unable to self-register, we offer an optional service which will assist with the submission. We will submit all necessary documents, make the payment of the state fee (if required), and provide evidence of the submission. Please see the fees for our services (Services and Fees).
When the registration is approved by the CCC, a patient will receive an MMJ license. The card is valid for one year. Patients MUST CERTIFIED BY A PHYSICIAN and re-register with the state annually.
Under the final regulations issued by the CCC, 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 patient is left to a qualified Massachusetts licensed physician. Minors are covered under different regulations and require certfication by two physicians.(See Final DPH Regulations)