Massachusetts Cannabis Resources

Important Information

Is cannabis legal in the state of Massachusetts?
Yes, cannabis is legal for both recreational and medical use in the state of Massachusetts. Medical cannabis use was introduced in 2012 to qualifying patients. Recreational use for adults 21 years and older was legalized on January 1, 2020. Cannabis delivery is allowed.

What are the recreational cannabis regulations for Massachusetts?
Adults 21 years and older may purchase cannabis with a valid ID, including visitors from out-of-state. Adults 21 years of age and older may possess:

  • One ounce of cannabis in a public place
  • Up to 10 ounces of cannabis at home or in another private setting
  • Up to five grams of cannabis concentrate
  • Up to six mature plants for personal use, with a maximum of 12 plants per residence regardless of how many people. They must not be viewable to the public.

What are the medical-use cannabis regulations for Massachusetts?
Any Massachusetts resident 18 years and over with a qualifying medical condition, or their primary caregiver, can apply for a medical marijuana registration card. Visit the “Patient and Caregivers” page on the Massachusetts Cannabis Control website for more information and a link to the online application form. A registered medical marijuana patient is allowed to possess a 60-day supply of cannabis; this amount is left to the discretion of their physician.

Can I use cannabis products in public in the state of Massachusetts?
Similar to alcohol, an “open container” of cannabis in the passenger area of the car is prohibited while driving or in public spaces; cannabis must be stored in a closed container in the trunk or a locked glove compartment. Massachusetts allows cities, towns, employers, and landlords to set their own rules on cannabis use. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal.

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