As of November 6, 2012, Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3 allowing for the legal consumption of medical marijuana for qualifying patients. Patients may now possess “no more marijuana than is necessary for the patient’s personal, medical use, not exceeding the amount necessary for a 60-day supply.”
To obtain a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts, you must have a physician recommendation stating that you have one of the qualifying conditions and will benefit from the use of medical marijuana. The qualifying patient must apply to the Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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Currently, the state is working with dispensaries to go through the final steps of becoming legitimate marijuana businesses. The first dispensary is expected to open in Salem this spring. Right now, patients may either cultivate their own medical marijuana or work with a qualifying, registered caregiver of their choosing.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pushing hard to end the prohibition of recreational marijuana in 2015 or 2016. In March 2015, the state introduced a bill, H.1561, which would essentially regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol for legal use by adults, however, it has yet to pass.
If recreational marijuana were to become legal in the state of Massachusetts, adults 21 and older would be allowed to consume it. As with alcohol, it would be illegal to sell or give recreational marijuana to minors.
As it stands, there are no recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts. Legalization for recreational marijuana use would mean that adults 21 and older would be allowed to go into a retail outlet, purchase a personal amount of marijuana and pay a tax on his or her purchase, just like alcohol.
It is illegal to consume recreational and medical marijuana in public settings including cars, concerts, federal land, public transportation, etc. Medical marijuana patients are allowed to consume their medicine in private settings only.
Citizens are currently not allowed to possess any recreational marijuana in the state of Massachusetts. Medical marijuana patients are allowed to possess an “adequate 60-day supply”.