Does your state have legal medical marijuana?
Yes. Medical use of marijuana is legal in Massachusetts. On November 6, 2012, Massachusetts voters approved Question 3, making Massachusetts the 18th state to allow the medical use of marijuana.
M.G.L. c. 94I, Medical Use of Marijuana
In addition, Adult Use (Recreational) was approved on November 8, 2016. Massachusetts voters approved Question 4 to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. The law took effect on December 15, 2016. In 2017, lawmakers proposed substantially changing the law. The legislature ultimately passed, and Gov. Charlie Baker signed, a compromise bill that largely respects the will of the voters.
Massachusetts Responsble Vendor Training (RVT) – Massachusetts State Required Cannabis Certification
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Massachusetts – Marijuana Legal Overview
Massachusetts allows purchase and use of recreational cannabis/marijuana by people over age 21. Purchasers do not need to be a Massachusetts resident; they must have a government-issued ID. You may have up to one ounce of flower and up to five grams of any concentrate outside of your home. Using cannabis in public is prohibited. See more on the laws for more details and links for Massachusetts marijuana/cannabis laws.
2008 — Voters approved a ballot initiative decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis.
2012 — Voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical cannabis for patients suffering from serious health issues. For more information on the state’s medical cannabis program, click here.
2016 — Voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing cannabis for adults and establishing a regulated cannabis market. The initiative took effect on December 15, eliminating penalties for limited possession and cultivation for adults’ use.
2017 — The legislature voted to delay implementation by six months, pushing the advent of legal retail sales forward from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. Legislators then began working on changes to the initiative. The House passed a bad bill that would have made major changes to the law, but MPP and its allies fought back and persuaded the Senate to defend the will of voters. The implementation law that ultimately passed kept most of the initiative intact, and Gov. Baker signed it into law.
2018 — The first two adult-use retail stores opened for businesses on November 20, 2018.
Possession for Personal Use
An adult may possess up to one ounce of marijuana; up to 5 grams of marijuana may be marijuana concentrate.
Within a primary residence, an adult may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana and any marijuana produced by marijuana plants cultivated on the premises.
An adult who possesses more than one ounce of marijuana or marijuana products must secure the products with a lock.
Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months. However, first offenders of the controlled substances act will be placed on probation and all official records relating to the conviction will be sealed upon successful completion of probation. Subsequent offenses may result in a fine of $2000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years. Individuals previously convicted of felonies under the controlled substances act who are arrested with over an ounce of marijuana may be subject to a fine of $2000 and/or up to 2 years of imprisonment.
Marijuana is a class D controlled substance under the Massachusetts Controlled Substances Act.
Section 2: Medical use of marijuana program; immunity from penalty, arrest or prosecution; cultivation registrations; lists of registered qualifying patients
Section 2. (a) The commission shall operate a medical use of marijuana program, which shall permit a qualifying patient with a debilitating medical condition to obtain a written or electronic certification from a healthcare professional with whom the patient has a bona fide healthcare professional-patient relationship to purchase medical use marijuana from a medical marijuana treatment center. Upon issuance of a written certification from a healthcare professional, the commission shall issue a registration card to the qualifying patient. A medical marijuana treatment center may sell medical use marijuana to a card holder.
(b) (1) A healthcare professional shall not be penalized, in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, for: (i) advising a qualifying patient about the risks and benefits of the medical use of marijuana within a bona fide healthcare professional-patient relationship; or (ii) providing a qualifying patient with written or electronic certification, based upon a full assessment of the qualifying patient’s medical history and condition, including a debilitating medical condition, that the medical use of marijuana may benefit a particular qualifying patient, within a bona fide healthcare professional-patient relationship.
(2) A qualifying patient or a personal caregiver shall not be subject to arrest or prosecution, or civil penalty, for medical use marijuana.
(3) No person shall be arrested or prosecuted for any criminal offense solely for being in the presence of medical use marijuana or its use as authorized by this chapter.
(4) The lawful possession, cultivation, transfer, transport, distribution or manufacture of medical use marijuana as authorized by this section shall not result in the forfeiture or seizure of any property.
(c) A medical marijuana treatment center and its employees registered with the commission shall not be penalized or arrested for acquiring, possessing, cultivating, processing, transferring, transporting, selling, distributing or dispensing medical use marijuana and related supplies and educational materials to qualifying patients or their personal caregivers.
(d) The commission shall issue a cultivation registration to a qualifying patient applying for such registration whose access to a medical marijuana treatment center is limited by verified financial hardship, a physical incapacity to access reasonable transportation or the lack of a medical marijuana treatment center within a reasonable distance of the qualifying patient’s residence. The commission may deny a registration based on the provision of false information by the applicant. Such registration shall allow the qualifying patient or the qualifying patient’s personal caregiver to cultivate a limited number of plants, sufficient to maintain a 60-day supply of marijuana, and shall require cultivation and storage only in an enclosed, locked area.
(e) The commission shall maintain a confidential list of registered qualifying patients issued medical use marijuana registration cards. Individual names and other identifying information on the list shall be exempt from section 10 of chapter 66, and not subject to disclosure, except to employees of the commission in the course of their official duties and to law enforcement officials of the commonwealth when verifying a card holder’s registration.
- positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- hepatitis C
lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- and other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.
Rules define debilitating as “causing weakness, cachexia, wasting syndrome, intractable pain, or nausea, or impairing strength or ability, and progressing to such an extent that one or more of a patient’s major life activities is substantially limited.”
The Online Massachusetts RVT Certification will allow you to learn the core fundamentals of cannabis science and explore cannabis industry knowledge, so you are prepared to be a certified in Massachusetts.
Covering the Massachusetts state 4 hour requirement of the following topics:
Module 1 – Responsible Vendor Training – Course Introduction & Overview
- What is covered in this RVT training?
- Massachusetts laws regarding cannabis as set by the Cannabis Control Commission, and best practices for handling marijuana materials and products.
- Cannabis Control Commission and Massachusetts legal documents
- Key terms for this course as defined by 935 CMR 500.002:
- Requirements for Successful Certification
- Enabling Legislation
- Draft Regulations
- Adult- Use Possession and Cultivation Limits
- Other Legal Protections for Cannabis Consumers
- Prohibited Conduct
- Cannabis and Employers
- Private Property and Tenants
- Types of Licenses
- Social Equity
- Farms and Small Business
- Priority Review
- Cannabis Businesses Regulations
- Permitting Instructions by state and local licensing and enforcement authorities
- Recognizing Cannabis Businesses
- Local Control
- Public Education
- Fees – UPDATED 11.1.19
- Guidance on Types of Marijuana Establishment Licenses
- Guidance for Law Enforcement – Acceptable Forms of ID
- Operational Requirements for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD)
- Patient Education
- Guidance Documents
- The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
- Minor Cannabinoids
- Adverse Reactions to Cannabis
- Marijuana Tolerance
- Negative Health Effects of Marijuana
- More About Marijuana Campaign
- Importance of Laboratory Tests
- Contaminants, Pesticides and Molds
- Understanding The Lab Test Results
- Definition of Cultural Competency
- Principles of cultural competence at an organizational level that should be emphasized include:
Module 2 – Massachusetts Marijuana Laws and Regulations
Module 3 – Cannabis Control Commission Operational Guidelines
- General Operational Requirements for Marijuana Establishments
Module 4 – Adhering to Cannabis Control Commission Operational Guidelines
Module 5 – Waste Management
Module 6 – Licensee Responsibilities, Bringing Marijuana on Licensed Premises and Permitted Hours of Sale
Module 7 – METRC
- What is METRC?
- Creating A Transfer Manifest
- Logging In And Updating User Profile
- Navigate in METRC & Support Resources
- Receive And Reject A Transfer Manifest
- Compliance with Tracking Requirements
- Cannabis Control Commission: METRC INSTRUCTIONS- DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENT
Module 8 – How Marijuana Works With Our Bodies – The Science Behind The Plant
Module 9 – Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Module 10 – Reading Lab Testing Labels
Module 11 – Delivery Systems of Cannabis – Marijuana’s Physical Effects Based On Type of Marijuana Product
Module 12 – Recognizing Signs of Impairment and Preventing Diversion and Sales to Minors
Module 13 – Signs of Abuse and Misuse
Module 14 – Cultural Competency
Module 15 – Working With People With Disabilities
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