Medical Marijuana Law

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law and Federal Laws Regarding Marijuana Differ

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Medical marijuana was originally legalized in Massachusetts upon the approval of Question 3 from the 2012 Massachusetts State Ballot by voters on November 6, 2012. Massachusetts voters later legalized the recreational use of marijuana via ballot initiative in November 2016, prompting the Legislature to revisit and ultimately overhaul the Bay State’s marijuana laws with H.3818. Governor Baker signed the bill into law on July 28, 2017.

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.  28 states and Washington, D.C. currently permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes in some form.  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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