The cost of medical marijuana is not covered by health insurance. This can make it difficult for some to take advantage of. However, state regulations require each medical marijuana dispensary to offer free or reduced cost cannabis to patients with verified financial hardship. The financial hardship program at each dispensary is different but on average financial hardship programs save patients between 10% and 20% off of each purchase.

To prove financial hardship a patient must demonstrate that they are a recipient of MassHealth, Supplemental Security Income, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or via a tax return from this year or last year that shows income that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level, adjusted for family size. Bring your documentation that proves financial hardship to the medical dispensary to qualify for the program.