Know the Law

Recreational Marijuana

Bill H.3932 legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 year of age and older and created the Cannabis Control Commission which promulgated regulations in 2018. Visit the Commission’s website for answers to frequently asked questions regarding laws governing adult use marijuana in Massachusetts.

 Important things to know about recreational marijuana (This is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice):

  • Only adults 21 and older can purchase and possess recreational marijuana.
  • Adults 21 and older can have up to 1 oz of marijuana on their person and up to 10 oz in their home.
  • Marijuana can only be bought and sold at state-licensed marijuana retailers.
  • You cannot smoke recreational marijuana in a place where smoking tobacco is prohibited, and you cannot consume recreational marijuana in a public place.
  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. You cannot drive with an open container of marijuana in the passenger area.


Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is a separate program overseen by the MA Department of Public Health.

 Important things to know about medical marijuana:

  • A Massachusetts resident 18 year of age or older who has been diagnosed by a certifying physician as having a debilitating medical condition may become a qualifying medical marijuana patient.
  • Massachusetts residents under the age of 18 will only qualify under limited circumstances and with an elevated standard.
  • Qualifying patients must obtain a registration card from the MA Department of Public Health in order to purchase medical marijuana.
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