Yes. The cannabis legalization in Massachusetts took effect on December 15, 2016. The Regulation And Taxation Of Marijuana Act allowed cannabis cultivation for licensed facilities and even homegrown cannabis for qualified residents. According to the Cannabis Control Commission of Massachusetts, these are the requirements for cannabis home cultivation:
Moreover, the Regulation And Taxation Of Marijuana Act also discusses that cannabis facilities are not allowed to cultivate, process, display, sell, or manufacture cannabis or cannabis-related products when it’s too conspicuous to the public eye. A greenhouse or outdoor cannabis cultivation area shall also have sufficient security measures, including perimeter security fencing, so that the products are not readily accessible by unauthorized individuals.
Yes, cannabis manufacturing is legal in Norfolk County. The Cannabis Control Commission, an agency that ensures the implementation of Massachusetts’ cannabis law, authored 935 CMR, which says that a marijuana manufacturer may obtain, manufacture, process, package, and transport products to marijuana establishments and transfer these products to other marijuana establishments, but not to consumers.
A marijuana manufacturer shall also meet all permits, environmental laws, regulations, and other applicable approvals, including water quality, air pollution control, and solid and hazardous waste management. All marijuana establishments shall implement adequate security measures to deter theft of cannabis products, prevent unauthorized entrance into the area, and ensure the safety of employees, consumers, and the general public.
The manufacturer shall also share the establishment's floor plan or layout with Law Enforcement Authorities. The facility must not be closer than 500 feet from a school. Furthermore, the buffer zone distance of 500 feet shall be measured in a straight line from the geometric center of the school entrance to the geometric center of the marijuana facility.
Yes. According to Cannabis Control Commission’s 935 CMR, a marijuana retailer may purchase, sell, repackage, or transfer cannabis to marijuana establishments and sell it to consumers. In addition, marijuana retailers shall not allow on-site consumption by consumers on the premises of their facility. Retailers shall only operate all marijuana-related activities at the address identified in their license.
For medical use:
According to the Regulation And Taxation Of Marijuana Act, concentrated forms of marijuana and marijuana products, including edible products, topical products, ointments, oils, beverages, and tinctures, are approved for sale.
Yes. Cannabis Control Commission’s 935 CMR says that all marijuana transporters or couriers may deliver marijuana directly to consumers from a marijuana retailer, patients, or caregivers from a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. A marijuana courier may own or have an interest in cannabis cultivation, social consumption establishment, research, product manufacturing, retail, or transportation license. A marijuana courier shall only be limited on an exclusive basis to certain businesses for a span of 36 months from the date the delivery operator licensee receives a notice to begin operations. However, the Commission may vote to extend that period.
If you’re a Massachusetts resident and have a qualifying health condition, you may be eligible to enter the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program:
Registration for a medical marijuana card is free of charge. Once your application is approved, you’ll be able to print a temporary medical marijuana card, which allows you to purchase cannabis from a retailer for up to 14 days. You should receive your official medical marijuana card within 7 to 14 business days.
For more details on obtaining a medical marijuana card in Norfolk County, you may contact Massachusetts' Cannabis Control Commission at:
Cannabis Control Commission
2 Washington Square
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (774) 415-0200
The economic impact of cannabis legalization in Massachusetts is deemed flourishing. According to the Cannabis Control Commission, the cannabis sector has contributed over $3 billion since adult-use marijuana retailers opened in 2018.
Adult-use cannabis is subject to state sales tax of 6.25%, state excise tax of 10.75%, and local option tax for towns or cities up to 3%. Under Massachusetts law, medical-use marijuana sales are not subject to tax, given that the patients present their medical marijuana card and valid government-issued ID at the time of purchase.
The legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts went into effect in December 2016. According to the FBI crime database, DUI cases in State Police: Norfolk County from 2016 to 2017 showed a minor decrease in the number of arrests, from 235 to 210. Meanwhile, arrests for marijuana possession from 2016 to 2017 have decreased from 44 to 42.
Statewide, data from the FBI crime report showed a significant decrease in Massachusetts’ DUI cases from 2016 to 2017, from 10,240 to 9,080, respectively. The state’s marijuana possession arrests from 2016 to 2017 also decreased, from 6,483 to 5,961, respectively.