When did the law take effect?
The law took effect on December 15, 2016.
What aspects of the law took effect on December 15th?
Although licenses for cultivation, manufacture, testing and retail sales will not be issued until July of 2018, certain personal use provisions allowed for persons 21 years or older went into effect on December 15, 2016. That includes the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana, of which 5 grams may be marijuana concentrate, as well as the home growth provisions which allow possessing up to 10 ounces of marijuana in your primary residence and 6 plants per resident, but no more than 12 plants per household. For more specific information, please refer to Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 94G ("Chapter 94G").
Where can I grow my plants?
Plants can only be grown or processed in your primary residence in a locked or secured location. And, you cannot grow the plants in a place in your residence where someone can see them from a public space with the use of binoculars, aircraft, or other optical aids.
When will the Cannabis Control Commission be appointed?
Chapter 94G requires the Treasurer to appoint the Cannabis Control Commission ("CCC") by September 1, 2017.
Will there be employment opportunities with the Cannabis Control Commission?
Once appointed, the CCC will need to fill key positions. Information about employment opportunities will be posted publicly at a later date.
When will regulations be issued?
Chapter 94G requires the CCC to promulgate regulations by March 15, 2018.
When can I apply for a license?
Applications are currently not available. Applications will become available after the appointment of the CCC. Chapter 94G requires that the CCC accept certain license applications by April 1, 2018.
What kind of licenses can I apply for?
Applications for a retail, manufacturer, cultivator, or testing facility license will be available.
How much will it cost to apply for a license?
The CCC, once appointed, will decide what fee(s) will be charged when applying for a particular license. However, Chapter 94G limits the amount that can be charged to a maximum of 1) $3,000 for an initial application; 2) $15,000 for recreational marijuana retail license; 3) $15,000 for recreational marijuana manufacturer license; 4) $15,000 for recreational marijuana cultivator license; and 5) $10,000 for recreational marijuana testing facility license.
Can I smoke or consume recreational marijuana/marijuana products in public?
In general, no, you cannot smoke recreational marijuana in a place where you are prohibited from smoking tobacco and you cannot consume recreational marijuana in a public place. Chapter 94G contains an exception for certain marijuana establishments.
Can I drive with recreational marijuana in my car?
In general, you cannot have an open container of recreational marijuana/marijuana product in the passenger area of your car while on the road or at a place where the public has access. Also, Chapter 94G does not change the existing penalties for operating a car, etc. if you are impaired by marijuana/marijuana product and you cannot consume marijuana while operating a car, etc. For specific information, see Chapter 94G.
Can I smoke or consume recreational marijuana/marijuana edibles at work?
In general, your employer still has the authority to limit your consumption of marijuana in the workplace. See Chapter 94G for specific information.
Will this new law impact my medical marijuana registration?
At this time, no. It is anticipated that this new law will not impact medical marijuana, which is a separate program overseen by the Department of Public Health.
Why have some of the original ballot initiative deadlines been changed?
Effective December 30, 2016, the Governor signed into law a bill extending by 6 months some of the deadlines contained in the original ballot initiative. For example, the deadlines for the appointment of the Cannabis Control Commission and the Cannabis Advisory Board, and acceptance of license applications were extended. As noted above, however, certain provisions went into effect on December 15, 2016 as planned under the ballot initiative.
DISCLAIMER: The above questions and answers are provided for general information only and not intended to be legal advice. Individuals should review M.G.L. c. 94G and seek separate legal advice regarding their specific circumstances. Please also note that the answers to the FAQs are subject to change and based upon the current language of M.G.L. c. 94G. This site will be updated regularly and users should return to this site periodically for newly submitted questions and associated answers and/or updates.