BUD AND BREAKFAST’S MARIJUANA JURISDICTION REGULATION STATE-BY-STATE OVERVIEW: Massachusetts.

Quick Facts:

Is medicinal cannabis legal? Yes

Is it recreational marijuana legal? No

Cannabis legalization in Massachusetts includes the use of the drug for medical purposes only on November 6, 2013 . Due to Ballot Initiative no citizen can be punished under state law for the use of medical marijuana if they are a qualifying patient, a physician or healthcare professional, or a personal caregiver for a patient who qualifies.

Qualifying conditions include glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other illnesses deemed to qualify by a patients registered physician.

As of June 29, 2015, the Department of Public Health is accepting applications from non-profit organizations that would like to apply for a medical marijuana dispensary license.

As of May 1, 2015, there have been 15,745 patients certified and 8,763 approved patient applications.

On March 2015, bill H.1561 was introduced. If passed this will mean that recreational marijuana is legalized in Massachusetts and regulated in the same way that alcohol is. Polls indicate that over 50 percent of residents support the move to make cannabis legal.

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