Decriminalized (2008)
Medical (2014)
Recreational (2016)

Current Status

Massachusetts also became the first state on the East Coast to be open to recreational cannabis businesses.

The regulations which will become effective December 15, 2016, have provisions for: Retail marijuana stores, Marijuana product manufacturers, Marijuana cultivators, and Marijuana testing facilities

As of right now, the state has yet to establish an application process. They are mandated to start accepting applications by no later than October 1, 2017, but at this time, they are not currently accepting them and have given no indication of a timeline. According to the regulations, these facilities must be allowed to commence business operations no later than July 1, 2018.

Medical Marijuana


Cannabis Grow Limit:
Adults over the age of 21 may cultivate up to 6 mature plants per person for personal use, and plants must not be visible to the general public.
A qualifying medical marijuana patient with a hardship cultivation registration may cultivate a limited number of plants sufficient to maintain a 60-day supply solely for that patient’s use. He or she may apply for a hardship cultivation registration if the patient can demonstrate that his or her access to a registered medical dispensary (RMD) is limited by: verified financial hardship OR the incapacity to access reasonable transportation (an inability to use public transportation or drive oneself), lack of personal caregiver with reliable transportation, or lack of RMD that will deliver to the patient’s or personal caregiver’s primary address.

Cannabis Possession Limit:
Adults 21 years of age and older may possess any combination of the following:
–Up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana in a public setting;
–Up to 10 ounces of usable marijuana in a private (home) setting;
–Up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate.




The state is currently open to Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, also known as Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD). They are not-for-profit entities that acquire, cultivate, possess, process (including development of related products such as edible MIPs, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfer, transport, sell, distribute, dispense, or administer marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies, or educational materials to registered qualifying patients or their personal caregivers.

Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana on November 6, 2012.

Important Cannabis Laws

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
Regulations (2013)

105 CMR 725: Implementation of an Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana

Final Regulations on Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes in Massachusetts

Fee Structure for Medical Use of Marijuana Program