In Massachusetts, individuals who are 21 years of age or older are legally permitted to consume marijuana. However, the state has established specific regulations concerning consumption locations, cultivation limits, possession amounts, transportation methods, and more. Public consumption of marijuana, regardless of form, is prohibited, as is consumption on federal land. Violations of these laws may result in legal consequences.
For adults between 18 to 21 years old, possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana is considered a civil offense, punishable by a civil penalty of one hundred dollars and forfeiture of the marijuana, without further criminal or civil punishments. Moreover, adults 21 years or older are not subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty under Commonwealth laws for personal use of marijuana, as specified in Section 7 of the General Laws.
Medical marijuana is also regulated under the state’s laws. The 935 CMR 501.00 code outlines the governance of medical marijuana usage. Registered medical marijuana dispensaries’ locations and hours can be found via the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
The Cannabis Control Commission plays a key role in ensuring the safe, equitable, and effective implementation of marijuana laws in Massachusetts. Recent updates, such as the Acts of 2022 Chapter 180, have also addressed the expungement of records related to marijuana cultivation, possession, and distribution.
It is essential for individuals and businesses involved in the marijuana industry to be aware of the tax implications and business regulations, as amended in Section 2 of Chapter 62 of the General Laws, which pertains to the trade or business of a marijuana establishment.
For more detailed information on the laws governing recreational and medical marijuana in Massachusetts, please refer to the resources available on Mass.gov.