Massachusetts Legal Information

In 2012, 63 percent of Massachusetts voters approved Question 3, “An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,” establishing legal protection for medical cannabis patients, caregivers, physicians and medical professionals, cultivators, and providers. Some provisions went into effect as of January 1, 2013; other details are under development by the state Department of Public Health (DPH). Registered patients and their designated caregivers may possess up to a 60-day supply of usable cannabis, defined as 10 ounces. “Registered marijuana dispensaries” will be licensed to both grow and sell medical cannabis; they will be required to provide medicine at discounted rates for low-income residents. Homebound patients will be allowed secure home delivery, and personal caregivers can pick up medicine at dispensaries on behalf of patients under their care. Personal cultivation may be permitted in rare hardship cases.


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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law & Regulations

On November 6, 2012, the voters of Massachusetts approved Question 3, “An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,” by 63 percent establishing legal protection for medical cannabis patients, caregivers, physicians and medical professionals, cultivators, and providers, some of which went into effect as of January 1, 2013.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.

Becoming a Patient in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters in November 2012 established legal protection for medical cannabis patients, caregivers, physicians and medical professionals, cultivators, and providers, some of which went into effect as of January 1, 2013. As of September 2013, program details are under development by the state Department of Public Health (DPH).

Recommending Cannabis in Massachusetts

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must have an active full license, with no prescribing restriction, to practice medicine in Massachusetts and a Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration. Physicians must become a certifying physician through applying once through the Department of Public Health (DPH). A written certification shall be issued in a form and manner determined by DPH.

MA Caregiver, Producer & Provider Info

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.