Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Your Guide to Cannabis in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the seventh state to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis. Learn more about the Bay State’s cannabis laws, including what you can consume, how much you can possess, and where you can legally purchase marijuana.

Where Can You Buy Cannabis in Massachusetts?

Good news: Starting July 1, 2018, recreational cannabis can be legally purchased by adult consumers ages 21+ in licensed Massachusetts dispensaries. (Yaay!)

Bad news: As of July 1, 2018, no licensed dispensaries will be up and running. (Booo!)

Don’t worry, this is normal for new markets. It takes time to set up a legal market, and many businesses are waiting for licensing to get approved, inventory to come in, all that good stuff.

What you can do now: If you’re a valid, approved medical marijuana patient, you can still purchase cannabis at a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Otherwise, sign up for our mailing list to get notified as soon as recreational dispensaries are up and running.

Massachusetts Cannabis Consumption and Possession Laws


Adults ages 21+ can possess the following amounts:

  • Up to 1-oz of cannabis outside of primary residence
  • Up to 10-oz of cannabis inside primary residence
  • Up to 5 grams of concentrate
  • Can gift up to 1-oz to another adult 21+


Hooray! All forms of cannabis consumption are allowed in Massachusetts:

  • Smoking
  • Vaporizing
  • Edibles
  • Concentrates
  • Topicals

Learn More About Cannabis Consumption Methods

What Can You Grow?

Within their primary residence, adults 21+ can:

  • Grow 12 total plants (maximum 6 mature plants)
  • Keep harvest of 6 plants
  • Gift up to 1-oz of cannabis
  • Grow for someone else who’s at least 21 years old

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana?

Valid patients can qualify for medical marijuana in Massachusetts under the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician

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