The Mass law “In the first year after the effective date, the Department shall issue registrations for up to thirty-five non-profit medical marijuana treatment centers, provided that at least one treatment center shall be located in each county, and not more than five shall be located in any one county. In the event the Department determines in a future year that the number of treatment centers is insufficient to meet patient needs, the Department shall have the power to increase or modify the number of registered treatment centers”.

Registering as A Medical Marijuana Patient on Cape Cod Massachusetts (See CareGivers).

In order to register as a patient in the Mass Medical Use of Marijuana System, you must first be certified by a qualified health care provider. With only a handful of Dispensaries open throughout the State, and since Marijuana remains a Federal crime, most doctors will not, as they can not, certify you as a Patient.

As of 2016 there were a total of 124 certifying physicians in Massachusetts, who have issues 22,635 active physician certifications. To fill this void, several certified marijuana certification businesses offer physician certifications, including here on Cape Cod. As the market matures, and dispensaries are added, this will change.


Registering online with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program is the fastest and most convenient way to register to possess marijuana for medical purposes. If a Patient is unable to register online, a more lengthy paper registration process is available. Here is a link to Patient Application & Instructions.

Information for Patients of Medical Marijuana in The Cape Cod & Islands Area.

In 2013 “An Act For The Humanitarian Use Of Marijuana” became effective law in Massachusetts. The citizens of Massachusetts voted that there should be no punishment under state law for qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana. Cape Cod, located in Barnstable County, would be allowed up to 5 Medical Marijuana “Dispensaries”. Mass law allowed up to 35 Dispensaries, 5 in each of the 7 counties. Cape Cod has none to date.

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