March 20, 2020
On March 15, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced further actions to support residents, health care providers, and small businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, including an Order Expanding Access to Telehealth Services and to Protect Health Care Providers which allows for the provision of telehealth (telephone and live video) to facilitate patient access to medical services. The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) is providing this bulletin to those who are engaged in the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program for information and assistance. This bulletin supplements and updates the Commission’s bulletins issued on March 13, 2020 and March 18, 2020.
The Executive Director, acting on behalf of the Commission, has determined the requirement that a potential Patient be physically present for a clinical visit under 935 CMR 501.010(7) would cause undue hardship to Certifying Health Care Providers (Providers) and Patients by increasing the risk of their exposure to COVID-19. Therefore, so long as Governor Baker’s March 10, 2020 Order that a State of Emergency is in place, a waiver request may be allowed for Providers who wish to certify new Patients for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program in Massachusetts.
If you are a Patient or prospective Patient, we encourage you to consult with your Provider for more information. Telehealth renewals of already registered qualifying Patients is permitted under the current regulations.