The Medical Use of Marijuana Program is here.

Schwartz Medical Group has been approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to certify patients for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. All patients seeking certification must START the process by scheduling an appointment with a Certifying Physician. This information is designed to help you understand the law, qualifying conditions, and other important information.

Once you have read and understood the requirements, call us at 781-551-8002 to schedule an appointment.



Our Medical use of Marijuana program.


Our Medical use of Marijuana (MuM) program is based on new laws and regulations by the State of Massachusetts governing medical use of marijuana. The state and its doctors recognize that for some diagnoses (see Qualifying Conditions), the benefits of marijuana use outweigh the risks.

Initial Visit


Before your initial qualification evaluation, you must request a copy of your recent (1-3 years) medical records indicating your diagnosis, history and treatments. Your medical records are easy to obtain by authorizing a signed Release of Medical Records . You should give ample time for your medical record request to be processed. Your records must include written reports of past MRI, Xrays, CT scans and other studies and/or recommendations from your PCP for your diagnosis. These may include Physician Progress notes or excerpt of an examination that includes your diagnosis and medication records. Bring your records with you at the time of appointment.

Please do not staple them as we will scan them during your visit. If you come to your appointment without the necessary medical records , the doctor not be able to make a determinination of Qualification. There will be no refunds. Please obtain your medical records before making an appointment.

If you do not have any previous medical records, we will send you for the appropriate tests to confirm your diagnoses. This may take up to several visits at our office as diagnostic testing and physician interpretation help qualify you for the program.

If qualified and properly registered, you will be allowed to obtain medical marijuana at any licensed dispensary.



Fees

A non-refundable charge of $60 will be charged upon booking your appointment. This amount goes towards your total appointment cost and protects against cancellatons.

  • New Patient Initial Consultation & Exam and Certification - $225.00

  • Established Patient Consultation & Exam and Certification - $175.00

  • Certification for a new patient that was a “no show” for previous appointment - $260.00 paid in advance before appointment is made.

  • Certification for an established patient that was a “no show” for a previous appointment - $200.00 paid in advance before appointment is made.

We request these advance payments for "no-show" patients as our appointment slots are valuable. Please plan accordingly!

Optional: We are able to assist you in uploading forms and photos to the State MMJ online registration for a fee of $45.00 (state fees are additional) A courtesy cancellation policy of 48 hours is kindly requested.


Qualifying Conditions


According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a “Qualifying Patient means 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, or a Massachusetts resident under 18 years of age who has been diagnosed by two Massachusetts licensed certifying physicians, at least one of whom is a board-certified pediatrician or board-certified pediatric subspecialist, as having a debilitating medical condition that is also a life-limiting illness, subject to 105 CMR 725.010(J).”

Below are the Commonwealth's definitions for qualifying conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying physician.

Debilitating means a cause of weakness, wasting syndrome, intractable or chronic pain, or nausea, or impairing strength or ability, progressing to an extent in which a patient's life is substantially limited. Please schedule an appointment at our office to see if your condition qualifies.


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