Massachusetts Cannabis State Laws

They saw Massachusetts is ever so close to legalizing recreational marijuana. Since 2012 over 64% of Massachusetts population voted in favor for cannabis and that means the state’s legislature must compile.

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More Than 1 Ounce

  • Misdemeanor – 6 months incarceration – $500 fine

Second Offense

  • Misdemeanor – 2 years incarceration – $2,000 fine

Possession of 1 oz or less cannot result in the suspension of driving privileges.


Less Than 50 lbs (1st & 2nd Offenses)

  • Crime is not classified (could be seen a civil penalty)
  • Few months to 2,5 years incarceration
  • $5,000 to $10,000 fine

Less Than 100lbs Up To 10,000

  • Felony
  • 1 to 15 years incarceration
  • $10,000 to $200,000 fine

Within 300 feet of a school, or within 100 feet of a public park

  • Felony – 2 to 15 years incarceration – $10,000 fine

Involving an 18-year-old

  • Felony – 5 to 15 years incarceration – $100,000 fine


6 Plants

  • No conviction – no incarceration – no fine

Recreational Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, up to 1 ounce outside of a 21-year-olds residence and within the individuals own residence up to 10 ounces.

Also authorized is the ability to grow up to 6 plants within a home and as can provide marijuana as a gift to another (1 ounce) without any form of payment established.

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