Medical marijuana application for healthcare providers now digital in Massachusetts
The Cannabis Control Commission has announced a newly launched digital application for healthcare providers to become certified to issue medical marijuana recommendations. Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants previously had to send in a paper application to become registered with the Commission. According the announcement providers can apply to become a certifying healthcare provider in Massachusetts for free. As of May 2022 the Commission has 399 certified and registered healthcare providers able to certify qualifying patients for the medical use of marijuana program.
Along with holding an active medical license in good standing with no prescribing restrictions applicants must complete a minimum of 2.0 Category 1 continuing professional development credits prior to issuing certifications for the medical use of marijuana. The course explains the proper use of medical cannabis, including side effects, dosage, and contraindications. The program also educates providers in substance abuse recognition, diagnosis, and treatment related to marijuana. Healthcare providers must fill out the online PDF and send documentation of their qualifications to Commission licensing staff.