Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts
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Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts
Voters in Massachusetts decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2008. When voters passed a ballot in 2012, Massachusetts became the eighteenth state to legalize medical marijuana, under Chapter 369 of the Acts of 2012 thus enacting a compassionate medical marijuana program.
Quantity of Marijuana
Qualified patients and caregivers, under the Compassionate Medical Marijuana laws, are allowed not more than 10 ounces of medical marijuana for a period of 2 months. A qualifying patient may possess more than the required ounces of medical marijuana only when his or her doctor documents that the patient needs in excess of that amount. When that happens, that documented amount should constitute the patient’s 2 months’ supply.
Treatment for illnesses in Massachusetts
Approved medical conditions to which medical marijuana may be administered include; Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.
Licensing and supply
On December 31, 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Health allowed the first dispensary to start cultivating marijuana plant. The first dispensary opened in Salem on June 24, 2014, and by the end of 2015, 4 dispensaries were opened in Massachusetts. Registered Marijuana Dispensaries in Massachusetts are allowed one location, and may have a second location for cultivation or preparing marijuana-infused products. Patients have been able to apply for ID cards since October 2014 which cards protect them from arrest, in regards to possession of medical marijuana.