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FAQ about the Cannabis Control Commission transfer

FAQs about the transfer of the Medical Use of Marijuana Program from the Department of Public Health to the Cannabis Control Commission.

Administration and oversight of the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program has transferred from the Department of Public Health (DPH) to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), mandated by MGL, c. 55 of the acts of 2017.

General

Q: I understand there are changes to the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program. What has changed?

Administration of the State’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program has transferred from the Department of Public Health to the Cannabis Control Commission, a change required by law. The transition occurred on December 23, 2018.

Q: Has the Medical Use of Marijuana Program staff changed?

No, the Medical Use of Marijuana Program staff joined the Cannabis Control Commission and will continue to provide assistance to patients, caregivers, physicians, RMDs, and independent testing laboratories. 

Q: Has the contact information changed for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program?

Some contact information for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program has changed. You should contact the Program at:

Phone number: (617) 660-5370
Email: MedicalMarijuana@state.ma.us
Website: www.mass.gov/medicalmarijuana

Patients and Personal Caregivers

Q: I am a registered patient/personal caregiver with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. How does this change affect me?

Your patient/personal caregiver status has not changed and you don’t need to do anything at this time. The only change is that a different agency administers the State’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Q: Am I receiving a new patient/personal caregiver registration card?

No, you will not receive a new patient registration card at this time. You will receive a new patient registration card when you renew your registration with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Q: Do I need to get a new certification from my health care provider?

You do not need to receive a new certification from your health care provider until it is time for you to renew your certification.

Q: May I still purchase medical marijuana from a Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD)?

This change does not impact how you purchase medical marijuana. Patients registered with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program can visit any approved, open RMD to purchase marijuana for medical use. Personal Caregivers registered with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program can visit any approved, open RMD to purchase marijuana for medical use for their registered patient. 

Certifying Health Care Providers

Q: I am a certifying health care provider registered with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program using the Medical Marijuana Online System. Does this change affect me?

The change does not affect you, and you do not need to do anything at this time. The only change is that a different agency administers the State’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Q: Do I need to make any changes to my registration through the Medical Marijuana Online System?

The change does not impact your registration with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, and you do not need to do anything at this time. The only change is that a different agency administers the State’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Q: Do my patients need to get a new certification?

The patients you have certified for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program will not receive a new certification until it is time for them to renew their certification.

Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs) and RMD Applicants

Q: I am a registered marijuana dispensary (RMD)/RMD applicant. How does this change affect me?

Your RMD/RMD application status has not changed and you don’t need to do anything at this time. The only change is that a different agency administers the State’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Q: The deadline to renew the registration of my RMD was before December 23, 2018. Am I required to complete the renewal through DPH and pay the DPH registration renewal fee?

You must complete the registration renewal for the RMD by the date specified in the Approval for Retail Sales.

Q: Are there changes to the Medical Use of Marijuana Program regulations?

The Cannabis Control Commission adopted DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program regulations with limited but necessary changes. DPH’s medical marijuana regulations, 105 CMR 725: Implementation of an act for the humanitarian medical use of marijuana are no longer in effect. On December 23, 2018, 105 CMR 725.000 was rescinded, and replaced with the Cannabis Control Commission’s medical marijuana regulations, 935 CMR 501: Medical Use of Marijuana and 935 CMR 502 Colocated Adult-use and Medical-use Marijuana Operations.

Q: Does the transfer affect the registration of the RMD agents associated with my RMD? Do I need to make any changes to their registration through the Medical Marijuana Online System?

The change does not impact the registration of RMD agents, and you do not need to do anything at this time. The only change is that a different agency will be administering the State’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Q: Will contact information change for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program?

Some contact information for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program has changed. RMDs with a PCR or FCR, or that are approved for retail sales should contact the Medical Use of Marijuana Program at RMDCompliance@state.ma.us or (833) 869-6820, or their Compliance Officer.

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