Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law & Regulations 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. These legal protections have been implemented by the state Department of Public Health (DPH). Patients and caregivers with the appropriate paperwork have state law protection from arrest for possession of up to a sixty-day supply of medicine, defined by rulemaking as up to ten (10) ounces of usable cannabis. “Registered marijuana dispensaries” are licensed to both grow and sell medical cannabis. Most patients obtain cannabis from one of the state’s registered marijuana dispensaries. Dispensaries are required to provide medicine at discounted rates for low-income residents. Homebound patients are allowed secure home delivery, and personal caregivers can pick up medicine at dispensaries on behalf of patients under their care. Personal cultivation may still be permitted in rare hardship cases.
Regulations for MGL 369, An Act for the Humanitarian Use of Marijuana for Medical Purposes were issued in two phases in mid-2013. Regulations for physicians, patients, caregivers and providers covering all aspects the program except fees were issued on May 8, 2013, while regulations determining registration and renewal fees for patients, caregivers, and providers were posted on August 8, 2013.
Question 3 (2012) - “An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,” established legal protection for medical cannabis patients, caregivers, physicians and medical professionals, cultivators, and providers.
Note Regarding Recreational Marijuana
On December 15, 2016, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act as enacted by the vote of the people of Massachusetts became effective and made legal personal use, possession of up to 10 ounces, and cultivation of up to 6 plants per person. The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act did not alter the medical marijuana framework described in this manual. The text of The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act can be found at https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter334.