Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Massachusetts?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts can have a caregiver. Caregivers must complete their own registration using their patient's PIN.


Caregiver Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older.

  • Patients can designate up to two caregivers. Caregivers can serve up to five patients.

  • An employee of a hospice, nursing, or medical facility who’s providing care to a qualifying patient, may serve as a designated caregiver; including, to patients younger than 18 as a second caregiver.

  • Must carry medical ID card at all times.

  • Notify the state within 5 days if the card is lost, stolen, or destroyed: 617-660-5370

Here's how to apply as a caregiver:

  1. After obtaining a PIN from your Patient, log on to the Online System.
  2. Click the "Register as the Caregiver of an Adult Patient" button on the home page.
    1. If the patient is a minor, click the "Register as the Parent or Legal Guardian of a Pediatric Patient (Under 18)" button.
  3. Enter your identifying information.
  4. On the next page, you will see instructions for registering. After reading the instruction page, click “Proceed” to continue the application.
  5. On the following page, you will enter your personal information in the provided field. For renewals, your current registration information will automatically appear in the application fields.
  6. Continuing on the same page, you will read the attestation and select the checkbox to agree to the attestation.
  7. Next, you will click the “Proceed” button to continue.
  8. Enter your ID details.
    1. If you selected a State License or State ID for the form of identification and the system is unable to retrieve your photograph from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), you will next go to the Identification Verification page. Review your information and correct any incorrect items. Click the “Proceed” button to continue.
    2. If the identification being used is not from Massachusetts, click the “Proceed” button.
  9. On the next page, enter your identification document expiration date, select the file containing your scanned identification document, and upload it by clicking the “Upload” button. You will then see the document listed in a table above the form. To continue, click the “Proceed” button.
  10. On the next page, you will select the file containing your identification photo and upload it by clicking the “Upload” button. If the system was able to obtain your photograph from the Massachusetts RMV, you will see the photo displayed.
  11. If the system is able to obtain the photo after you upload a photograph, you will have the option to use this photograph. You then may click the “Proceed” to continue.
  12. On the next page, review your application information and then click “Submit” to submit your application. If any information needs to be updated, click on the piece of information to return to the page where it may be updated.
  13. Once you have registered, your Patient must approve your caregiver status by logging into the Online System.
  14. Once that is completed, the Program will process your registration.

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