Massachusetts Cannabis Laws

Medical & Recreational Marijuana

Companies must be licensed by the state, as well as the local agencies (city and county) to grow, test, or sell cannabis within each jurisdiction. Cities and counties can choose whether to license none or some business types (dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, processing, transportation, etc.) Exporting marijuana to other states is currently illegal under state and federal laws.

On the state side, the industry is under two different state regulatory agencies. Medical marijuana program is under the Department of Health, while recreational marijuana establishments are regulated by the Cannabis Control Commission.

See the Resources section below for additional info.

CBD & Hemp

The Department of Agricultural Resources is responsible for regulating the cultivation, processing, and wholesale of hemp. There are no specific guidelines or required licenses for retail stores to sell CBD products, but that doesn’t mean you can do anything you want. The county and city where the business will be located may determine whether you can open and operate a CBD or hemp business within their borders or not. You’ll need to look up and verify those details yourself or with our help via a Starter Package.

Even though there are no overarching guidelines, adding CBD oil to food or drinks, pet food, dietary supplements and then selling them to consumers is currently not allowed (illegal) in the state.

See the Resources section below for additional info.

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