Massachusetts Cannabis Market
The cannabis consultants at Point Seven Group are experts in the Massachusetts cannabis market. We have successfully helped our clients obtain cannabis licenses, design dispensaries, build identifiable cannabis brands, and operate compliant cannabis businesses. Our team of cannabis experts can help you reach your business goals in the Massachusetts marijuana market!
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, also known as Question 3, was approved in 2012 by a 63% vote allowing for the establishment of a Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Program. Effective January 1, 2013, patients may purchase and possess up to a 60 day supply or ten ounces per every two months of medical cannabis. Although some cities and townships attempted to ban cannabis businesses in their local municipalities, Attorney General Martha Coakley later ruled bans would conflict with the law, and municipalities were only allowed to regulate — not ban cannabis. Qualifying patients over the age of 18 must be approved by a physician and certified by the state before legally allowed to possess medical marijuana. Registered medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow up to twelve vegetative cannabis plants for personal use.
ADULT-USE CANNABIS MARKET PROJECTIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS NEWS
MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS LAWS
In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative permitting medical cannabis for patients who possess a Commonwealth-issued registration card after receiving a recommendation from a physician. The law allows for licensed dispensaries to provide up to one ounce of cannabis or five grams of cannabis concentrate per transaction to patients as stated in the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) Regulations.
In November 2016, voters of Massachusetts passed a ballot initiative legalizing recreational cannabis, while also eliminating penalties for possession of small amounts of cannabis and home cultivation. Adults 21 and older are able to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis, and grow up to six plants at home, with a maximum limit of 12 plants per household for residences with two or more adults. Once harvested, the household may hold up to a maximum of ten ounces. Under the initiative, cultivators have the opportunity to apply for a variety of Massachusetts cultivation licenses broken down in a tier system based on the amount of plants grown. Local municipalities have the authority to require local permits, decide whether or not a facility may be established, and are allowed to implement a community impact fee of up to 3% of the businesses’ annual revenue. Cannabis operators must negotiate a Host Community Agreement prior to licensure, making connections with key community stakeholders and obtaining real estate prior to applying for a license with the CCC.
During November and December of 2020, amended regulations and legislation went back and forth behind closed doors at the CCC, resulting in new regulations being released and implemented for cannabis establishments going into 2021. With new regulations came announcements of new license types limited to Social Equity Applicants: Delivery Courier, Delivery Operators, and Social Consumption Lounge for Massachusetts Operators.