Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts
On November 8, 2016, Bay State voters approved Question 4, the historic MPP-supported ballot initiative that ended marijuana prohibition for adults 21 and older. As a result, cannabis became legal for adults to grow and possess in Massachusetts on December 15, 2016.
The first sales began on November 20, 2018, when two licensed retail stores began selling cannabis to adults. Five stores were open by the end of the year, and more than 40 are now open across the state.
Significant progress has been made in 2019. The state’s first-of-its-kind social equity program finally began to show signs of success after some frustrating initial delays. Additionally, the Cannabis Control Commission published draft regulations for home delivery and social consumption in June and is working to finalize those policies.
Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Applications
Massachusetts has a rolling open application process as long as there is a need. The first step in the approval process is identifying the locality in which the business will operate as this state has very heavy local control for purposes of licensing marijuana businesses. Once you have identified the location you will then need to enter into a local host agreement with the locality. This can be difficult at times as not all localities welcome cannabis businesses with open arms. Once you have local approval only then can you apply to the state for a license. To apply for a medical marijuana license, you are required to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana. However, for the recreational market you can choose to pursue just one type of license, including different tiers of cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing and transportation.
There is currently an ongoing open application process for Marijuana Business Licenses in Massachusetts. Now is the time to get started with your business plan. You can provide your information here to receive notification updates related to Massachusetts cannabis matters. You can schedule a consultation to further discuss your options here.