Cannabis Laws in Massachusetts

Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Massachusetts, with medical cannabis being legalized in 2012 and recreational cannabis being legalized in 2016. Massachusetts was the first US state to criminalize cannabis, and would decriminalize cannabis in 2008. Find out more about medical marijuana laws in Massachusetts.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Massachusetts

Telehealth for Cannabis in Massachusetts

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Massachusetts. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Recreational Cannabis Laws in Massachusetts

Advantages of Having a Medical Marijuana Certificate & MMJ Card in a Rec State Like MA

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Massachusetts

“Debilitating” is defined in the Regulations as “causing weakness, cachexia, wasting syndrome, intractable pain, or nausea, or impairing strength or ability, and progressing to such an extent that one or more of a patient’s major life activities is substantially limited.”

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Massachusetts

Medical marijuana patients must be aged 18 years-old or over in order to undergo a medical cannabis evaluation and qualify for themselves. Those who are aged under 18 will need a caregiver.

The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Safety defines a medical marijuana caregiver as “a person, registered by the Department, who is at least 21 years old, who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana.

Minors must be diagnosed by two Massachusetts licensed certifying physicians (at least one of whom is a board-certified pediatrician or a board-certified pediatric subspecialist) with a debilitating life-limiting illness.

Your criminal history may be reviewed when applying for your Massachusetts medical marijuana caregiver card (aka “green card”).

Cannabis Possession Limits in Massachusetts

For medical card holders – Up to 60 days’ supply may be recommended, which is determined to be around 10 oz. 1 gram of concentrate = 5.3 grams of raw flower.
For both recreational users and medical patients 1 oz. outside of the home, or 10 oz. inside the home.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Massachusetts

Med & Rec – Up to 6 plants per person per household. Maximum of 12 plants.

Medical Cannabis Qualification, Gun Laws and Convictions

Those who have a medical marijuana card cannot legally possess a firearm in Massachusetts.

You may get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts if you have been convicted of a felony, but you cannot work in the industry or be a caregiver.

Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws

Employers are not required to accommodate on-site use of medical marijuana at the workplace. However, an employee who uses medical marijuana to treat a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodation under the state disability discrimination law. The employer must prove that performance is significantly impaired by the employee’s use of medical marijuana.

Local Cannabis Laws in Massachusetts

As of March 18, 2020, the following 106 towns had either a permanent ban (102) or a moratorium (4) currently in place on retail marijuana stores.

The following towns/cities/counties have marijuana bans of some sort: