Medical Marijuana Massachusetts Frequently Asked Questions
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Is marijuana legal in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts marijuana legalization began in 2008, when the state opted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. In 2012, the state legalized medical marijuana for patients with certain chronic health conditions.
As a result, dispensaries started opening in 2013. Towns in Massachusetts are not allowed to completely ban medical dispensaries, although they can pass their own regulations on them. This makes marijuana accessible to patients throughout the state who need it.
Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts was legalized in 2016. Users could begin growing up to 6 plans at home at this time. However, Massachusetts recreational dispensaries did not open until 2018. While individual towns are not allowed to ban medical dispensaries, they are allowed to ban recreational dispensaries.
Does Massachusetts have medical marijuana?
Yes, the state of Massachusetts has made medical marijuana available to patients who need it since 2013. Although there is a recreational marijuana program in Massachusetts, patients with chronic health conditions can still apply for a medical marijuana card.
There are benefits to getting a medical marijuana card if you qualify for one. For example, medical marijuana is taxed at a much lower rate than recreational marijuana, so you’ll save money in the long run. Additionally, medical marijuana cardholders have much higher possession limits, which means you can purchase larger quantities at one time than a recreational patient without facing any fines or legal penalties.
Medical dispensaries also sell higher-dose products than recreational dispensaries.
Does Medicaid cover medical marijuana?
Medicaid does not currently cover medical marijuana products. This is because marijuana is not yet legal on a federal level. Private health insurance companies also will not cover medical marijuana, for the same reason. This means patients will not only pay for medical marijuana products on their own, but also the Massachusetts medical card registration fee and any doctor’s appointments related to medical marijuana. Patients who are enrolled in MassHealth can have their registration fee waived.
How old do you have to be to buy edibles?
Edible products are available at both recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts. If you want to purchase edibles from a Massachusetts recreational dispensary, you must be over the age of 21. However, anyone with a qualifying condition over the age of 18 can get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts. This means that you can purchase edibles at a younger age with a medical marijuana card.
Patients under the age of 18 with a qualifying medical condition can also get a medical card and purchase edibles with the help of a caregiver. In Massachusetts, this caregiver must be your parent or legal guardian if you are under 18. The caregiver will visit the medical dispensary and purchase products for you. Adult patients who are physically unable to visit the dispensary can also designate a caregiver. For adult patients, the caregiver does not have to be a parent or family member.
Do you need a medical card for dispensaries in Massachusetts?
Because recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is legal, you do not need a medical card to visit most dispensaries. In fact, you don’t even need to be a resident of Massachusetts – you just need to have a government-issued ID and be over the age of 21.
However, you will need a medical card to visit a Massachusetts medical dispensary. These dispensaries are only available to qualifying patients. They offer lower tax rates and sell higher quantities of marijuana.
How old do you have to be to buy marijuana?
To buy Massachusetts recreational weed, you must be over the age of 21. However, there is more flexibility for patients with qualifying medical conditions. Anyone over the age of 18 who has the conditions that qualify for a medical card can apply in Massachusetts. Caregivers can also purchase medical marijuana for pediatric patients who qualify.
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