St.2017, c.55 (H3818). An Act to ensure safe access to marijuana
This law outlines the ability of cities and towns to exercise local control to ban or limit the development of marijuana establishments; sets the special excise tax on adult use marijuana sales to 10.75%; and includes a local option for cities and towns to add a 3% tax on top of the combined 17% between sales and the marijuana specific excise tax.
MGL c.10, §§76-77 Cannabis Control Board and Advisory Board
MGL c.64N Marijuana tax
Controlled substances act.
Includes penalties for other drugs, trafficking or possession of larger quantities of marijuana.
MGL c.94G. The regulation and taxation of marijuana act
Effective December 15, 2016, adults may possess and use marijuana.After required licensing procedures, retail marijuana stores will be permitted to open beginning in July, 2018.
Comm. v. Cruz , 459 Mass. 459 (2011). "[T]here was no basis on which the police could order the defendant out of the vehicle without at least some other additional fact beyond the mere odor of burnt marijuana... in light of the enactment of G. L. c. 94C, §§ 32L-32N ,..., which decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana."
Comm. v. Keefner , 461 Mass. 507 (2012). The law which "decriminalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, did not repeal the offense of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, in violation of G. L. c.94C, § 32C (a), where the amount of marijuana possessed is one ounce or less."
Comm. v. Rodriguez , 472 Mass. 767 (2015). The mere odor of burnt marijuana is insufficient cause to stop a motor vehicle.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Recreational Marijuana, Mass. State Treasurer.
Includes basic information about the Mass. recreational marijuana law, MGL c.94G.
- Sample Bylaw: Public Consumption of Marihuana or Tetrahydrocannabinol , Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Provides a model bylaw that towns may choose to adopt
- State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues
, Congressional Legal Service, 2013
Explores the apparent conflict between federal and state drug laws in light of legalization in Colorado and Washington for small amounts of recreational marijuana
Last update: July 31, 2017