MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS PROGRAM

MASSACHUSETTS
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STATE STATUS

The state of Massachusetts legalized both adult-use and medical cannabis. Persons 21 years and older may purchase and possess cannabis, while registered patients have access to medical cannabis. Access to cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis.

Learn more about how to get a Massachusetts marijuana business license or schedule a complimentary consultation with our licensing expert, below.

Hemp

Yes

Medical Marijuana

Yes

Adult-Use Marijuana

Yes

When to Apply

Now

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NUMBER OF MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSES AVAILABLE

Both medical and adult-use marijuana business licenses are available in Massachusetts. The number of marijuana business licenses available are subject to each local municipality (city, township, borough, county) and its local ordinances. Local governments will be allowed to regulate the number and types of licenses allowed to operate within their jurisdiction. Types of licenses allowed include the following:

Massachusetts Adult-Use Marijuana Business Licenses

Massachusetts Marijuana Cultivation License: can grow cannabis plants and sell wholesale to other licensed Massachusetts Cannabis Businesses. There are no state-wide limits on the number of cultivation licenses available. There are many types of cultivation licenses available, both indoors (I) and outdoors (O). The application fees are listed below:

  • Tier 1: up to 5,0000 sq. ft.
    • $200 (I) / $100 (O)
  • Tier 2: 5,001 to 10,000 sq. ft.
    • $400 (I) / $200 (O)
  • Tier 3: 10,001 to 20,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 4: 20,001 to 30,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 5: 30,001 to 40,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 6: 40,001 to 50,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 7: 50,001 to 60,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 8: 60,001 to 70,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 9: 70,001 to 80,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 10: 80,001 to 90,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)
  • Tier 11: 90,001 to 100,000 sq. ft.
    • $600 (I) / $300 (O)

Massachusetts Marijuana Manufacturing License: can extract, process and produce cannabis products such as edibles, concentrates, tinctures, etc. and sell to retail stores. There are no state-wide limits on number of cultivation licenses available.

Massachusetts Marijuana Retail License: can purchase cannabis from licensed cultivation and manufacturing facilities and sell cannabis to persons 21 years and older or qualifying patients with a valid medical marijuana card. There are no state-wide limits on number of cultivation licenses available.

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Business Licenses

Massachusetts Marijuana Dispensary License: is referred to as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center, also known as a Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD), that is a registered not-for-profit entity allowed to acquire, cultivate, possess, process (including development of related products such as edible cannabis or marijuana products, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfer, transport, sell, distribute, dispense, or administer marijuana products containing cannabis or marijuana, related supplies, or educational materials to registered qualifying patients or their personal caregivers for medical use.

HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN MASSACHUSETTS

To operate a marijuana business in Massachusetts, you will need the following plans:

  • Security Plan
  • Environmental Impact Plan
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance Plan
  • Business Plan
  • Financial Plan
  • Community Benefits Plan
  • Research Plan
  • Cultivation, Manufacturing and/or Dispensing Plan
  • Labor Compliance Plan
  • Staffing and Training Plan

 

Schedule for a complimentary 15-min consult with our licensing/application expert to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.


MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA TIMELINE

2012 – Massachusetts legalized medical cannabis

2016 – Massachusetts legalized adult-use cannabis

2018 – Adult-use cannabis sales began

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