How to Get a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card [2021 Guide]
In November 2008, Massachusetts decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Four years later, 63% of the state’s voters approved Question 3 and legalized medicinal marijuana, and the law came into effect in January 2013.
Three years later, and Massachusetts has legalized recreational marijuana via Question 4. It took a while to get things in order, but the state began adult-use sales in November 2018. Even so, Massachusetts MMJ patients still receive benefits such as lower taxes and guaranteed access to at least 35% of the state’s medical cannabis supply. They also get higher THC limits and a broader range of products.
Therefore, it is worth getting a Massachusetts medical marijuana card, and we show you how to in this guide. We also briefly look into how MA is faring regarding recreational sales.
Need a Medical Marijuana Card ?
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in MA
Before you proceed, please note that all applicants must be residents of Massachusetts, at least 18 years of age, and suffer from a debilitating medical condition. We outline the list of qualifying conditions a little later on. You will need to provide documentation such as a utility bill or a loan/mortgage/lease dated within the previous six months.
Now, let’s find out how to get a medical cannabis card in Massachusetts.
Receive a Doctor’s Recommendation
Once you have established your basic eligibility, it is time to book an appointment with a licensed physician within the state. We recommend bringing your medical records with you.
During the meeting, the doctor will ask a few questions about your medical history, and together, you discuss whether marijuana is suitable for your condition. If the doctor is satisfied that cannabis is potentially useful, they will provide you with certification, enabling you to get medical marijuana in MA.
Please note that the doctor you use must hold a full license, have no prescribing restrictions, and have a Massachusetts-controlled substance registration. Also, they must have at least one established practice within the state.
Using popular resources like Medwell Health and Canna Care Docs can help hopeful MMJ patients find a licensed physician.
You can also get a certification from a licensed nurse practitioner with the same qualifications. If you hope to find a ‘marijuana-friendly’ physician, look for popular groups like Medwell Health and Canna Care Docs.
State law requires you to have a ‘bona fide’ physician-patient relationship. After you receive certification, you also get a PIN from the state. Please keep it safe because it is an essential part of the registration process.
Register for the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program
The fastest method of registration is via the official Massachusetts medical marijuana program website. However, if you can’t register online, you can request a lengthy paper registration process by calling (833) 869-6820. Once you become a patient, register with the program’s virtual gateway.
Before registration, make sure you have the following:
- Access to a device that can upload documents.
- A valid form of ID such as a state driver’s license, state ID card, U.S. military ID, or a U.S. passport. For the latter two options, you must also produce another document proving your residency in Massachusetts.
- A photo of yourself taken within the last six months; in color.
- A form of payment or proof of financial hardship.
- The PIN provided by the state.
The application form is reasonably straightforward once you have all the necessary information.
Navigating the Virtual Gateway for MMJ
In January 2020, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program Online System migrated from its MMJ virtual gateway to the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry Portal. This decision was taken to ensure users benefit from a more user-friendly service with fewer interruptions.
It was considered necessary because the number of people accessing the gateway now exceeds one million. It helps the Cannabis Control Commission provide the Massachusetts MMJ online system. However, the gateway is also used for other services like the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative and a Medicaid Provider Portal.
Applying through the online system is by far the most efficient way to become a Massachusetts MMJ patient. As well as making it easier to register, the gateway provides all the information you need about the program.
Come prepared to your evaluati…
During the registration process, you will receive an email from the Virtual Gateway. This email contains a link that you need to click to complete the process. Make sure you monitor your account because the link can expire just seven days after you receive it. Also, it is only valid the first time you click on it.
If you need to change any information on the MMJ Online System, please do so within five business days of the change. All applications are reviewed in order of date received. The program mails your Plastic ID card 7-10 days after your application receives approval.
The Cannabis Control Commission also has a program called Initial Access that enables you to visit a medical marijuana dispensary as soon as you receive approval. Rather than waiting for the plastic ID card, you can print a temporary one directly from your computer. It is valid for 14 days and enables you to buy a maximum of 2.5 ounces of medical-use cannabis.
How Much Is a Medical Marijuana Card in Massachusetts?
At one time, getting a medical marijuana card in MA required you to pay $50. However, the Massachusetts medical marijuana program no longer charges a fee. It is one of the few MMJ systems in America that is free.
However, you still have to pay for a doctor’s consultation, and the price varies significantly. In general, you can expect to pay between $150 and $200, although some clinics offer discounts for seniors and veterans. There is no longer a fee to complete the patient registration form via the Cannabis Control Commission.
You have to renew your registration annually, which means the extra cost of a doctor’s consultation. If you lose your card, it costs $10 to replace it. You can apply for a waiver of this fee if you can prove it poses a Verified Financial Hardship.
What Conditions Qualify for a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card?
The list of qualifying conditions includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Hepatitis C
- Parkinson’s disease
Other conditions of a debilitating nature may receive approval if the patient’s healthcare provider determines them as such in writing. Such conditions can include PTSD, chronic pain of at least six months, and chronic muscle spasms.
Before we provide further information on the Massachusetts MMJ program, let’s learn a little more about adult-use marijuana in the state.
Massachusetts Recreational Sales
It has been possible to buy recreational weed in Massachusetts since November 2018, two years after the substance was fully legalized. Even visitors to the state can purchase up to an ounce of cannabis and five grams of concentrate if they’re aged 21+ and have a valid photo ID.
By April 2021, recreational sales in MA reached $1.45 billion. The figure exceeded the billion-dollar mark by October 2020, less than two years after adult-use sales began in the state! It is estimated that Massachusetts earned $200 million in taxes from that first $1 billion of sales.
Although it is great news for Massachusetts residents and visitors, please remember that you can’t use the substance in public. Also, if you rent your accommodation, it is important to note that your landlord can ban marijuana use in the lease agreement. The possession limit is one ounce, and you can give that amount to another adult as a ‘gift.’
As a Massachusetts MMJ patient, you benefit from lower-cost cannabis, a greater range of products, and higher purchasing and possession limits. Let’s find out more about medical marijuana in MA below.
Other Information on the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Process
As is the case with every MMJ program, prospective patients have a lot of questions. We try our best to answer as many as possible below.
How Much Cannabis Can I Buy & Possess?
In Massachusetts, MMJ patients can purchase and possess up to a 60-day supply as prescribed by their physician. The maximum amount is 10 ounces. In contrast, recreational users are limited to an ounce of flower or five grams of concentrate.
Please note that you have access to the 10 ounces on a rolling basis across a 60-day schedule. If you buy all 10 ounces at once, you must wait 60 days to buy again. Incidentally, one gram of concentrate is the equivalent of 5.3 grams of flower.
In the more likely event that you wish to spread your purchases out, please note that each one has a 60-day waiting period. While you can continue buying until you reach the 10-ounce limit during the 60-day timeline, your ‘balance’ goes up or down.
For instance, if your first purchase is three ounces on March 1, you can buy a maximum of seven ounces until April 29, which is the last day of your ‘waiting period.’ If you happen to buy five more ounces on March 24, for example, you can now buy only two ounces until April 29. Moreover, you can only buy five more ounces until May 23, which is the last day of your ‘new’ waiting period. We hope this makes sense!
Both MMJ patients and recreational users can store up to 10 ounces of cannabis at home.
Does My MMJ Card Allow Me to Cultivate Cannabis at Home?
Yes, but you are only allowed to cultivate marijuana inside your primary residence. In other words, you can’t store it in an outbuilding or a shed.
Legally, you are allowed to ‘give away’ up to one ounce from your harvest. This makes it illegal to sell marijuana for a profit without a commercial license. Individuals aged 21+ can grow up to six plants, while a household with 2+ adults can grow a maximum of 12 plants.
Where Can I Use My Marijuana?
In Massachusetts, you can only use your cannabis in a private residence. Your MMJ card won’t save you from legal trouble if you are caught using it in public. Public consumption of cannabis or smoking it in areas where tobacco smoking is forbidden could result in a fine of $100.
Also, your landlord is legally allowed to prevent the use of weed in their property, regardless of whether you are an MMJ patient or not. Check your lease thoroughly before signing.
Can I Assign a Caregiver?
Yes. Massachusetts MMJ patients can choose a personal caregiver to help with their medical use of cannabis. After your registration is approved, you can name a maximum of two caregivers who do NOT have another assigned patent. There is an exception to this rule if your caregiver is a member of your immediate family. Caregivers must be aged 21+.
Caregivers can register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program using the PIN provided.
Log in to the Virtual Gateway and choose the ‘Medical Use of Marijuana System’ option to select a personal caregiver. Click on ‘My Caregivers’ and choose the ‘Generate PIN’ option to create a PIN for your caregiver. Give them the PIN and tell them to register with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
Once they register with the program, they will receive an email notification that confirms their registration. Next, you log into the MMJ Online System and choose ‘My Caregivers’ at the top of the screen. You have to verify that the individual in question is your caregiver. Select ‘Yes, I validate that this is my Personal Caregiver.’ It is also necessary to indicate whether they are an immediate family member.
Does Massachusetts Have a Reciprocity Agreement?
Technically, the answer is ‘no’ because MA doesn’t recognize out-of-state MMJ cards. However, it does offer reciprocity regarding the possession of medical marijuana within the state, up to a maximum of one ounce. Massachusetts also permits recreational sales to anyone aged 21+.
Where Can I Purchase MMJ in Massachusetts?
Take your pick! There are well over 300 MMJ and recreational dispensaries in MA. Remember to bring your card to benefit from higher purchasing limits.
Final Thoughts on Getting a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card
Although recreational cannabis sales are legal in Massachusetts, applying for an MMJ card still offers advantages. You benefit from lower-priced products and can purchase a greater quantity of higher-potency items. MA also has one of the highest possession limits of any medical marijuana program in the United States. If you’re interested in getting your MMJ card in Massachusetts, apply today.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Anyone over the age of 21 with a valid government ID, patients, and caregivers who are officially registered with the Massachusetts Medical Program.
What are your hours of operation?
Our Pittsfield location is open from 9 am – 9 pm Monday – Saturday, Sunday 10 am-7 pm and we open Sunday from 9 am-10 am for medical patients only! Our East Boston location is open 9 am – 7 pm Monday – Saturday and 11 am – 6 pm Sunday. Adult-use, no medical cards or discounts.
*Certain holidays may affect store hours.
Do I still need a medical marijuana card now that adult use is legal in Massachusetts?
No , cannabis is now legal to all adults, 21 years or older with a valid ID. Obtaining your medical card has many benefits including no tax and discounts. For more information click here.
D o I need an appointment?
No, w e always suggest online ordering for a faster experience, but you are always welcome to walk in. If you would like to schedule a consultation, reach out to our customer care team via email, phone, social media, or website chat bubble and we would be happy to schedule one with you!
W here does Berkshire Roots get its products?
Berkshire Roots brand ed products are grown and produced right on-site at our P ittsfield location . This includ es our house-grown, flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, edibles , tinctures, and topicals. All Berkshire Roots products come from the highest quality genetics. We also carefully curate a collection of products from our wholesale partners throughout Massachusetts. Check out our product page or menus for more information.
Where are your prices and what forms of payment are accepted?
Prices are shown on our menu which is updated daily on our website. We accept cash and debit cards. Transactional fees apply if using debit. We also have an ATM on site which also charges a fee.
To learn more about our in-house crafted product offerings, review our Product page to learn about the Basics, Essentials, and Signature Collections.
Is there a limit to how much cannabis I can purchase?
Yes, you are only allowed per MA law to purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis per day.
How do I know which product is right for me?
Our seasoned cannabis specialists are ready to assist you in every way and happy to discuss options. We also offer a private consultation room and virtual consultations. Chat during normal business hours through the small green icon in the lower right-hand of your screen. Or email [email protected]
C an I see your cultivation facility?
We’d love to show you our cultivation facility, but it’s closed to the public. Our products are grown in lab-grade environments and are highly protected to ensure safety and quality.
Do you sell seeds or plants?
No, we are not allowed to do so in Massachusetts.
Are you hiring?
Does Berkshire Roots wholesale products to other dispensaries?
Medical ONLY Info:
Please see below for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding our medical cannabis offerings.
Is Berkshire Roots open for medical patients?
Yes, we are open 9 am-9 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday 9 am- 7 pm. We offer a special patient-only hour from 9 am-10 am on Sunday . If you would prefer to schedule an appointment, please email [email protected] to set up a time. Sign up for news and great deals. We look forward to meeting you!
Do you have to go to your own doctor to get a medical marijuana card?
To be considered, you can consult with your doctor, visit Canna Care Docs , MedWell , Alternative Wellness Centers , Creating Well Being , Inhale MD , or go to www.marijuanadoctors.com to search for area practitioners. For step-by-step instructions for registering as a patient with the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, click here.
If you have more questions about getting a card, let us know.
Are you offering any patient special deals?
See our patient specials page featuring daily and ongoing discounts.
Do you offer patient discounts?
Yes. We offer Veterans, wisdom ( 65 / 62 and older) , and patients with demonstrated financial hardship discounts on all products. For more details and requirements, click here.
Is medical marijuana covered by health insurance?
No, unfortunately not at this time .
Can I use a medical marijuana card from another state?
No. There is no reciprocity meaning you must have a valid MA issues medical marijuana card to purchase from our medical menu.
What do I need to bring when I visit?
For Medical patients/caregivers, you must bring your certification card, as well as a valid ID. These include a driver’s license, a government-issued identification card, a passport, a military identification card, and a Liquor ID
Is there a limit to how much medical marijuana I can purchase?
Up to 10 ounces over a 60-day period.
Do you have products for pediatric patients?
Yes. As required by DPH regulations, however, pediatric patients must have a caregiver who assists them throughout the purchase.
How does a caregiver work in Massachusetts?
A caregiver is a state registered person who is a friend or family member who picks up cannabis medicine at Berkshire Roots or any other dispensary on behalf of a single qualified patient. The caregiver is also allowed to grow cannabis at their home for the individual. Caregivers must r egister with the state to take care of a patient . Caregivers are not allowed to provide delivery services for multiple patients.
If your question is not listed – please chat live during normal business hours with our Customer Care Team or you can email [email protected] day or night and we will be back in touch within 24 hours. Thank you for being awesome!
We are dog friendly, for friendly dogs . We love pets here at Berkshire Roots and we welcome your well-behaved pooch in our stores when you come to visit us. We ask that you follow the below, for the safety of all and appreciate you adhering to our guidelines.
Dog must be well-behaved and remain on a leash the entire time. (Retractable leashes are to be kept short so the dog is close to you at all times .)
You are always to remain in control of your dog .
People may ask to pet your dog, you may allow them to, however, the dog is to remain on a shorten leash while saying hello . Please ensure you have a vest for your service animal if you do NOT want people to ask about petting your dog. “Please do not pet me – I am working” is common to have on the animal’s vest .
There may be other dogs in the store when you arrive, if your dog does not get along well with others, we recommend leaving them at home.
With our ever-changing environment, we may adjust or revise our policy. We thank you for being part of the Berkshire Roots family (we appreciate you visiting BR) and we want you to bring your fur friend as we love to see them too. We just ask that you respect everyone’s well-being.
CBD Oil In Massachusetts: Everything CBD, Legality, Shipping & More
Massachusetts is a state of firsts. In 1621 the state had the very first Thanksgiving in Plymouth. Later in 1636, the first American university opened – Harvard at Cambridge. In 1775 the first battle of the American Revolution took place at Lexington and Concord. And although marijuana is now legal in the state, it wasn’t the first to make recreational marijuana legal, not doing so until 2016.
Consequently, CBD oil is legal in the state of Massachusetts. This article will review all CBD oil and related products’ legalities and cannabis and marijuana. Shipping and selected types of CBD products will also face inclusion, so sit tight and learn everything you want to know about cannabis in Massachusetts.
What Is CBD?
Cannabis Sativa plant was cultivated for various reasons, including CBD in both the plant’s hemp and marijuana varieties. CBD content varies depending on the strain it is harvested. A THC level is often present when CBD extraction occurs to form CBD oils, CBD extracts, or any other CBD products.
How is Hemp Different From Marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana are used for the extraction of CBD. Hemp is not a controlled substance, at least federally, the same way as marijuana is. It is mainly because both the plants carry different levels of THC. The substance is psychoactive, and those who consume THC in significant quantities can get high.
While hemp does not usually have enough THC to induce a high, marijuana carries enough to produce this effect, and that is why the federal government considers marijuana a drug. On the contrary, since the passing of the 2018 United States Farm Bill, the federal government does not consider hemp to be a controlled substance with up to 0.3% THC.
While hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, they differ in appearance. Marijuana grows wide like a bush, while hemp stalks are reminiscent of bamboo and skinny and tall growth. Hemp also has relatively fewer flowers, while marijuana is lush with both flowers as well as foliage.
Does Hemp or Marijuana Have More CBD Oil?
The differences in marijuana and hemp also affect their CBD output. On the one hand is marijuana, a plant lush with flowers and leaves containing CBD. On the other side is a plant with fewer flowers. That alone would indicate that marijuana has a higher CBD output. Add to that the abundance of resin on marijuana compared to fewer deposits visible on hemp, and it’s not even a competition anymore. Marijuana yields more CBD than hemp.
So why don’t all manufacturers farm marijuana? Because hemp-derived CBD is not precisely like marijuana-derived CBD. The CBD that comes in larger volumes from marijuana also carries larger quantities of psychoactive THC. The federal government does not have a lovely view of THC. Therefore, only those producing CBD for less than 12 states (where recreational marijuana is legal) can extract it from marijuana. If CBD sourced from marijuana is sold in any other state. It has to be via a medical marijuana program, provided that the state even has one. It means that even though marijuana produces more CBD than hemp, the CBD that comes from marijuana has less than one-tenth of the market available to hemp-derived CBD.
Do hemp producers have to hang their hats on farming large quantities of the crop for smaller yields? Quite the opposite! With agricultural innovation going well into strain-breeding, new hemp strains are being produced where the CBD output is almost as high as marijuana. Still, the THC concentration is lower than 0.3% per dry weight. These strains are the crop of the CBD production future.
Why is CBD Sometimes Illegal In Different States?
Multiple factors contribute to CBD’s current legal status, which differs from state to state, starting with the chemical’s first impression with the FDA.
- CBD did not have a great first impression with the FDA. Initially, the FDA approved in a controlled capacity when a drug patent involving CBD was filed. Since CBD came from marijuana, often abused to get high, the FDA was not entirely keen on giving it a lenient treatment.
- Add to that, the fact that THC, the substance responsible for producing the high in marijuana use, was also present in CBD, the FDA gave a stringent controlled-substances approval for the drug. Only a restrictive range of uses was approved, and the door to alternative uses was no longer open.
- By now, it is evident that CBD was looked at by the FDA the same way it viewed marijuana. What hasn’t considered was the fact that not all levels CBD has equal levels of THC. It was corrected with the 2018 United States Farm Bill, where hemp was explicitly set apart from marijuana. With THC levels under or equal to 0.3% per dry weight, hemp would be federally legal, and the FDA would oversee the federal stance on how it was added to food, processed for consumption, or marketed.
- Additionally, states were approved to come to their conclusions regarding hemp and hemp-derived products. It is where the waters get muddy. Individual states legalized hemp and hemp-derived CBD. Others maintain a blanket ban on hemp-derived CBD with any amount of THC. All in all, it comes down to 50 states deriving their conclusions. A consensus is hard to achieve.
Is CBD Legal In Massachusetts?
The road to CBD and marijuana legalization in the state of Massachusetts began back in 2008. The Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative was passed, according to Wikipedia. This legislation passed at the state level, decriminalized possession of less than one ounce. Instead of possible jail time, those found guilty would face a fine of up to $100 and no criminal record.
In November of 2012, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative passed, and by early 2013 the law had taken effect. This law eliminated criminal and civil penalties for marijuana possession of a certain amount if the person who had cannabis has a medical marijuana card.
Then in 2016, laws were passed within the state legalizing marijuana for recreational adult use.
These steps towards legalizing cannabis to the extent seen today in Massachusetts have paved the way for CBD products. And the Federal Farm Bill of 2018 finished the process by effectively removing hemp from the federal list of controlled substances.
Any cannabis plant that contains 0.3% THC by dry weight or less would be classified as industrial hemp and thus obtain legal status.
Is CBD Derived From Cannabis Legal in Massachusetts?
CBD comes from both industrial hemp, as well as marijuana strains. Both hemp and marijuana are forms of cannabis.
Is Hemp-Derived CBD Legal in Massachusetts?
Hemp-derived CBD is legal in Massachusetts. However, hemp-derived edibles made with anything other than hulled hemp seed, hemp seed oil, or hemp seed protein are not yet allowed.
The legality of Different CBD Products
|What is a CBD flower?||CBD flower is a term often given to the flower of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Remarkably, this term is used for strains containing a high amount of cannabidiol.|
|Is CBD flower legal in Massachusetts?||CBD flower is a term given to cannabis plant flowers with a high cannabinoid concentration, CBD. If the plant is of the industrial hemp variety, the flower is perfectly legal. Suppose the plant is of the marijuana variety. The flower is permitted to those holding a medical marijuana card or is over the age of 21.|
|Can CBD flowers be purchased online?||Yes, CBD flower is available for online purchasing in the state of Massachusetts.|
|What are CBD terpenes?||CBD terpenes are aromatic compounds found within the cannabis plant used to derive CBD oil.|
|Are CBD terpenes legal in Massachusetts?||Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants. Cannabis has an unusually high amount of these alleged healing compounds. As defined above, it comes from industrial hemp terpenes that are legal for all. If derived from marijuana, terpenes are available to adults over 21 or those holding a medical marijuana card.|
|Can CBD terpenes be purchased online?||CBD terpenes can be purchased online in the state of Massachusetts.|
|What is CBD wax?||CBD wax is a concentrated form of CBD oil, in a waxy, semi-solid form.|
|Is CBD wax legal in Massachusetts?||CBD wax is a stable and concentrated form of CBD oil. If not intended for ingestion and derived from hemp, the CBD wax is legal in the state. If derived from marijuana, a medical card or age verification (over 21) is required.|
|Can CBD wax be purchased online?||CBD wax is available online in Massachusetts.|
|What are CBD gummies?||CBD gummies are gummies infused with cannabidiol|
|Are CBD gummies legal in Massachusetts?||CBD gummies are not legal in Massachusetts despite their popularity. The only edible cannabis products legal in the state are those made with FDA approved hulled hemp seed, hemp oil, or hemp seed protein. CBD gummies made with CBD derived from marijuana are legal to adults over 21, and those who have a medical marijuana card.|
|Can CBD gummies be purchased online?||CBD gummies are readily available online.|
|What are CBD creams?||CBD creams and topicals are skincare products used externally, such as moisturizers or conditioners.|
|Are CBD creams legal in Massachusetts?||CBD creams and topicals are legal in Massachusetts.|
|Can CBD creams be purchased online?||One can purchase CBD creams online in Massachusetts.|
|What is CBD liquid?||CBD liquid is a unique form of CBD oil intended for vapor inhalation (vaping).|
|Are CBD liquid, e-liquid, and vape legal in Massachusetts?||CBD liquid and vapes are legal in the state if derived from marijuana (for adults over 21 or those holding a med card). They are technically not legal in Massachusetts unless made from one of the three hemp products cleared by the FDA for human consumption.|
|Can CBD liquid, e-liquid, and vape be purchased online?||Yes, CBD vape, e-liquid, and CBD liquid are available online for customers in Massachusetts.|
|What is a CBD tincture?||A CBD tincture is a concentrated solution made by soaking plant materials in alcohol or vinegar-based solutions.|
|Is CBD tincture legal in Massachusetts?||Tinctures are concentrated solutions made by soaking plant materials in either alcohol or vinegar-based solutions. Both hemp and marijuana tinctures are legal in the state. However, the latter requires either a medical marijuana card or an adult over the age of 21.|
|Can CBD tincture be purchased online?||CBD tinctures are readily available online in Massachusetts.|
|What is THC oil?||THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid found in marijuana responsible for the elated feelings of ‘high’ felt by its users.|
|Is THC oil legal in Massachusetts?||THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid found in cannabis with psychoactive properties. It is the cannabinoid responsible for making someone who uses cannabis feel ‘high.’ THC oil is legal in Massachusetts to adults over 21 or those holding a medical marijuana card.|
|Can THC oil be purchased online?||While THC oil is legal, online retailers avoid shipping across state lines. Therefore, it is unlikely to find legitimate online sellers for the product.|
Age Requirements For CBD in Massachusetts
Do You Have To Be 18 To Buy CBD Oil In Massachusetts?
With marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts and carrying along with it an age restriction, one might think that CBD also carries an age restriction. Well, it does, and yet it does not. Are you confused? Well, that makes you and many others. Let’s clear things up.
CBD oil derived from hemp (<0.3% THC) is legal in Massachusetts with no age restrictions.
CBD oil derived from marijuana (>0.3% THC) is legal in the state of Massachusetts to either a) those over the age of 21, or b) those possessing a medical marijuana card.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy CBD Oil In Massachusetts?
For CBD oil derived from hemp, there are no age restrictions when purchasing. On the other hand, marijuana-sourced CBD requires the customer to be at least 21 years old to purchase. Even for minors with medical marijuana qualifications, an adult caregiver must make the purchase.
Do You Have To Be 18 To Use CBD Oil In Massachusetts?
18 is not exactly a relevant age, regardless of the kind of CBD one intends to use. For CBD oil derived from hemp, an individual of any age can legally use the product. But when the CBD comes from marijuana, one has to be at least 21 to use the product recreationally legally. On the other hand, the marijuana-derived CBD, given as medical treatment, has no age restrictions for qualified patients. As you can see, under no circumstances is the age of 18 relevant.
Can A Minor Use CBD In Massachusetts? How Old Do You Have To Be?
A minor may use CBD oil derived from hemp. Suppose a minor requires CBD oil derived from marijuana. In that case, a doctor will need to sign off on a medical marijuana card.
Do You Need A Prescription Or Medical Card For CBD Oil In Massachusetts?
A medical card is only required for CBD oil derived from marijuana if a person is under 21 in Massachusetts.
Can You Get CBD Oil Without Having A Medical Card In Massachusetts?
CBD derived from hemp can is obtainable without a medical card. The card’s cost is $50 plus the doctor’s office fees to sign off on the card application.
Can You Order CBD Oil Online Legally In Massachusetts?
CBD is legal to purchase online in the state. Both marijuana-derived and hemp-derived are obtainable, although age restrictions apply.
State CBD Possession Limits
In Massachusetts, adults over the age of 21 can possess one ounce of marijuana (or five grams of marijuana concentrate) outside their residence. There is a different upper-limit to possession inside one’s residence, where adults can possess up to ten ounces of marijuana.
MMJ Cards In Massachusetts
Medical Marijuana Card Requirements In Massachusetts
The state is relatively liberal with who qualifies for its medical marijuana program. The list of conditions named by the state are as follows:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
It is because certifying physicians are given more room to decide whether their patients require medical marijuana. In other words, while many states require the list to be updated after receiving petitions and debating conditions, a strongly worded letter from the physician is enough for the state of Massachusetts to consider enrolling a patient into its medical marijuana program. Therefore, if a condition id debilitating but is not listed above, a patient can still request their physician to produce a certificate and apply for the medical marijuana card.
How To Apply To The MCP (Medical Cannabis Program)
The program is fast-tracked with an easy onboarding process. First, you must visit a certifying position. If the physician determines medical marijuana to be the right treatment fit, they will give you a pin with which to register online. You can register online at https://patient.massciportal.com/mmj-patient/login
How Long Does It Take To Get A Medical Marijuana Id Card In Massachusetts?
The process takes 1 to 2 weeks.
How Much Does It Cost To Apply For The MCP In Massachusetts?
There is no fee for the medical marijuana card. Requesting a replacement costs only $10. The only fee incurred would be from the physician’s visit.
Where To Buy CBD In Massachusetts
Where To Buy / How To Obtain <.3 THC In Massachusetts
With under 0.3% THC, CBD is sold at a variety of avenues, including smoke shops, health food stores, and supermarkets.
Where To Buy / How To Obtain >.3 THC In Massachusetts
CBD with higher than 0.3% levels of THC is sold at licensed marijuana dispensaries and cannabis-specialty stores.
Where Is CBD Sold In Massachusetts?
Massachusetts has no shortage of places one can find CBD products. On nearly every street, in every central town or city, one can find CBD products. CBD has made it’s way to every possible retail avenue available in the state, from corner stores to health food and even pharmacies.
Are There Any CBD Retailers In Massachusetts?
With recreational marijuana legal in the state, and years of hemp products also maintaining legal status, there is no shortage of specialty CBD shops. Large CBD chains such as Your CBD Store and others like Wicked Chronic reside across the state from Reading to Natick and many other towns and cities.
Where Can I Find CBD Water?
CBD water is a cannabidiol infused beverage made by adding CBD to water or sparkling water. The beverage is often also lightly flavored. And although some stores sell the product, technically, any CBD drink derived from hemp is illegal in Massachusetts.
There is a rather grey area to this, however. And that comes with legal recreational marijuana. As marijuana is legal for ingestion by adults over the age of 21, CBD beverages derived from marijuana are legal for legal age adults.
How can a CBD drink be illegal if from a ‘more legal’ industrial hemp instead of being legal for adults if from a previously controlled substance? It’s an odd situation, that is for sure.
Where Can I Buy Medical Grade CBD In Massachusetts?
Medical grade CBD is found in medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. Dispensaries like Revolutionary Clinics in Somerville offer various medical quality CBD edibles, oils, and topicals.
How To Read CBD Product Labels & Packaging
To distinguish legal CBD products from illegal ones and fakes, it is essential to understand legal CBD product labels and packaging’s critical components.
Expiry date – Quite evidently, a CBD product meant to be consumed by people will carry an expiry date. The expiry date also signals that the manufacturer is ethical and is not trying to extend his products’ shelf life by hiding which date they are best used before.
Product batch number – CBD manufacturers need to have the ability to tell apart batches. One batch can be better than the other. A particular batch may prove unsafe. To tell batches apart, legitimate CBD manufacturers have product batch numbers visible on the packaging or labels.
Lab testing certification – This must be prefaced by the fact that many fakers claim to be ‘lab-tested’ as well. To tell an actual lab-tested CBD product from a fake, look for a lab testing certification link. A digital copy of the testing certificate is attached to the product package or label via a printed URL or QR code, which you can scan.
Batch information link – This is a link to more information about the product so that you can make an educated decision as to the consumer.
A THC quantity statement – Depending on the state, the ability to tell whether the CBD is hemp-based or marijuana-derived can tell whether the product is legal or not. Look for the THC quantity statement, and check whether it is under or over 0.3%. Cross-reference this with your state laws before making a purchase. Remember that, even if THC over 0.3% is legal in your state, it is unlikely for an online retailer to sell it like a candy bar.
Hemp extract quantity – It is good to know the quantity of hemp extract in the product you are looking to buy. It will be listed in milligrams and legible if the product you plan to buy is from a reliable manufacturer.
How To Identify Quality CBD Oil
When a product is new to the market, many scammers try to finesse people out of cash with knock-offs. If you buy from a less-than-stellar producer, you may end up with a “CBD oil” with neither CBD nor oil. At worst, the purchase might leave you with an illegal substance in your possession. That is why the first step is to make sure the manufacturer is offering a legal product. Then, you check whether it has a good quality.
To check whether the product is legal or not, refer to your state’s laws regarding hemp and marijuana. Then check whether the product has FDA approval or not. The FDA approval signifies that the product is federally legal and fit for human consumption. If a product has gone through the FDA testing procedure, it is good enough to qualify for your shortlist. You will not find marijuana-derived CBD oils online with FDA approval. If you spot one, it’s a fake. However, for hemp-based oils with FDA approval, you should then check for reviews to ensure the product’s quality.
You should browse forums, Facebook, and Google for reviews of the product. You may be wondering why you shouldn’t just look at the reviews on the seller’s site. Because trusting positive reviews on someone’s site is like trusting a stranger who says, “I’m a good guy.” It might be accurate, but why take the risk? Look at reviews in places where they do not control the conversation. A large number of genuine negative reviews or fake positive reviews,] are both red flags.
Shipping, Mailing, & Travelling With CBD
With legalities in question regarding CBD, hemp, and marijuana, it is of no great surprise that one might be interested in shipping laws. Here are some of the more critical regulations and laws one should be aware of in Massachusetts.
Can You Mail CBD Products To Massachusetts?
CBD products are legal to mail to Massachusetts as long as they come from hemp containing 0.3% THC or less. The state Cannabis Control Commission regulates CBD products derived from marijuana.
Can You Ship CBD Products From Massachusetts?
Shipping CBD products from Massachusetts is legal as long as the products meet the criteria outlined in the Federal Farm Bill of 2018 as being derived from industrial hemp. Several carriers will transport legal hemp. These carriers include FedEx, Purolator, and also UPS, to name a few.
How Would You Ship CBD Oil, Cream, or Flowers?
Shipping CBD products, including oil, cream, or flowers within Massachusetts, is simple. Just follow federal regulations, and there should be no issues.
Can You Ship CBD Products Internationally? From Canada? To Canada?
Shipping CBD internationally from Massachusetts is legal as long as the CBD came from hemp. Although, that is only half the answer. The destination location must also allow CBD products legally speaking. Always check with the destination country and region’s laws before sending a potentially incriminating package.
Can You Travel With CBD Oil?
It is legal to travel from Massachusetts with hemp-derived CBD oil. It is also legal to travel to Massachusetts with the same. But this is only from the perspective of Massachusetts state’s laws. You have to consider the laws of the other end of your travels, be it a state within the USA or a country abroad. Besides making sure that the CBD is legal in the places you are traveling between, you should make sure your CBD package follows the plane’s liquids-on-board policies.
Is Marijuana Legal In Massachusetts?
As you have likely gleaned, Massachusetts has allowed recreational marijuana in the state for adults over 21.
Is Massachusetts Recreational?
Yes, marijuana is legal for recreational use in the state of Massachusetts, provided the user is over the age of 21.
Do You Have To Be 18 To Buy Marijuana In Massachusetts?
You have to be 21.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy Medical Marijuana?
You have to be a card-carrying patient over the age of 21, or your adult caregiver must purchase medical cannabis for you.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Use Marijuana In Massachusetts?
You have to be 21 to use it recreationally and be of any age if it is for medical treatment for which you have a medical marijuana card.
Can You Buy Edibles Online Legally In Massachusetts?
Edibles made using hemp seed protein, hulled hemp seed, or hemp seed oil are legal in the state and approved by the FDA for food products. CBD oil is still under investigation, so technically, CBD edibles are only legal for those with a medical marijuana card.
Is Hemp Legal In Massachusetts?
Hemp is legal in the state of Massachusetts.
What Are Massachusetts’s Hemp Laws?
Chapter 128, Sections 116 to 123, state laws governing growing hemp for commercial purposes in Massachusetts; this is Massachusetts’s hemp law. These laws give power to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to oversee the growing, harvesting, processing, and retail sales of hemp and hemp products. All of these processes require licensing within the state. Currently, the MDAR is only licensing growing and processing hemp operations within the state.
Can You Buy Hemp Wraps At 18 In Massachusetts?
Yes, hemp wraps free of tobacco can be bought at the age of 18 in Massachusetts.
Producing, Growing, Selling Hemp & CBD Oil
Is It Legal To Grow Hemp In Massachusetts?
Hemp is legal to grow in the state if the MDAR licenses one.
How Much Is A Hemp Growing License In Massachusetts?
A license to grow hemp costs $100 to apply and another $300 for the license itself.
Can You Get Legal CBD Seeds In Massachusetts?
As stated above, CBD comes from cannabis. Cannabis seeds of the hemp variety are available in the state to licensed hemp growers. Marijuana seeds are available to licensed growers and adults over 21 years of age for personal recreational growth.
Is It Legal To Grow CBD Plants? What’s The Difference?
CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that includes both marijuana and industrial hemp strains. CBD comes from a variety of strains, both in the marijuana and hemp sides of cannabis.
As mentioned, hemp is legal to grow with a license from the MDAR. Marijuana is only legal to grow for licensed producers under the medical marijuana program and adults over the age of 21 for recreational use. The regulations on personal cannabis growing allow up to 6 plants in a home. And up to 12 plants for two or more adults within Massachusetts.
Do You Need A License To Sell Hemp In Massachusetts?
You need a license to grow, process, or sell hemp, but you do not require a special license for pre-processed hemp products.
Do You Need A License To Sell CBD Oil In Massachusetts?
As long as the CBD oil comes from hemp and prepackaged, you can sell the product without requiring a special permit or license.
Can You Sell CBD Oil Online?
Selling CBD oil is legal in the state of Massachusetts. If derived from hemp, no special licensing requirements exist to sell CBD products.
Disclaimer: None of the information in this article should be construed as health or legal advice. We always recommend following the professional opinion of your physician or attorney and researching your own state’s laws for all of your purchases. Information current as of January 2021.