Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Your Guide to Cannabis in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the seventh state to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis. Learn more about the Bay State’s cannabis laws, including what you can consume, how much you can possess, and where you can legally purchase marijuana.

Where Can You Buy Cannabis in Massachusetts?

Good news: Starting July 1, 2018, recreational cannabis can be legally purchased by adult consumers ages 21+ in licensed Massachusetts dispensaries. (Yaay!)

Not-so-good news: As of July 1, 2018, no licensed dispensaries will be up and running yet. (Booo!)

Don’t worry, this is normal for new markets. It takes time to set up a legal market, and many businesses are waiting for licensing to get approved, inventory to come in, and other requirements for establishing a regulated, compliant industry.

What you can do now: If you’re a valid, approved medical marijuana patient, you can still purchase cannabis at a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Otherwise, sign up for our mailing list to get notified as soon as recreational dispensaries are up and running.

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws: Where can you buy marijuana

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What Can You Grow?

Don’t want to wait for recreational dispensaries to open? You can start growing your own strains now!

Within their primary residence, adults 21+ can:

  • Grow 12 total plants (maximum 6 mature plants)
  • Keep harvest of 6 plants
  • Gift up to 1-oz of cannabis
  • Grow for someone else who’s at least 21 years old

Can You Buy Medical Marijuana?

Valid patients can qualify for medical marijuana in MA under these conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Other conditions as determined in writing by your physician

What Is the Marijuana Tax Rate?

Massachusetts imposes a 17% state tax on cannabis sales, as well as up to a 3% local tax. Funds are projected to be used on the following initiatives:

  • Public and behavioral health campaigns centered on public safety, municipal police training, the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, and programming for restorative justice
  • Science-based public awareness campaigns about responsible use, the dangers of manufacturing marijuana products at home, and youth education/decreasing youth usage rate