Medical Marijuana Law

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law and Federal Laws Regarding Marijuana Differ

See our discussion of federal marijuana law and Massachusetts medical marijuana law by following these links:

Under the applicable provisions of federal drug law, the Controlled Substances Act, there is currently no medical marijuana law in the federal code.  In fact, as the reader is probably aware, even the smallest amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.  This is a states’ rights issue that will have to be addressed by Congress eventually.  Although the reader should not hold their breath.

On November 6, 2012 Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly pass medical marijuana in our state.  See the text of Question 3 from the 2012 Massachusetts State Ballot.

Contact a Massachusetts medical marijuana compliance attorney to comply with Massachusetts marijuana law and to draft all necessary paperwork for your Massachusetts marijuana dispensary application.  See our blog posts on becoming a licensed caregiver or obtaining a medical marijuana card.  If you still have questions feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation.

Members of Congress are unwilling to spend political capital to implement medical marijuana laws on the federal level.  Our federal representatives are unlikely to push the agenda of Massachusetts medical marijuana law for fear of losing the backing of law enforcement.  The majority of police officers do not care about medical marijuana, they use marijuana as an investigative tool for other crimes.  If a politician does not have the backing of law enforcement groups it is much more difficult for them to get elected.  With Massachusetts passing medical marijuana laws in 2012, there are now 18 states with some sort of medical marijuana legislation.  Soon, the tipping point will be reached, and it will simply be silly to keep Marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance.  A national change in medical marijuana law is on the horizon.

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