Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is punishable by a civil fine of $100. Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor and is punishable by six months in jail and/or a $500 fine (for the first-timers) or by up to two years in jail and/or a fine of $2,000 (for a subsequent offense).

Distribution or cultivation of less than 50 pounds of marijuana leads to up to 2.5 years in prison and a $5,000-$10,000 fine. Cultivating or distributing more that 50 pound of cannabis is a felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and from 1 to 15 years in jail.

Selling, possessing or purchasing marijuana paraphernalia is also illegal.

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Laws

A qualifying patient with debilitating medical conditions may legally possess no more than 10 ounces of usable marijuana per 60-day period. However, people in certain circumstances may exceed this presumptive limit if they are able to demonstrate evidence of medical necessity.

A patient who has limited access to treatment centers may register with the department to cultivate their own limited supply of medical marijuana sufficient to maintain a 60-day supply of the substance, as well as cultivate and store cannabis only in an enclosed, locked facility.

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