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Recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts

Your Guide to Shopping for Recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, anyone 21 or older is  legally allowed to purchase recreational cannabis. The rules and regulations in Massachusetts are laid down by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). To make it easy for cannabis enthusiasts to purchase recreational marijuana in the Bay State, we’ve gathered all the must-know information for you in one place. Of course, if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local Verilife dispensary near you. Our budtenders are there to make purchasing cannabis easy and stress-free.

Understanding Massachusetts Cannabis Laws

Massachusetts has unique cannabis laws for recreational marijuana enthusiasts. Before visiting a dispensary, be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations, what you need to bring with you, and what you can purchase when you get there.

Personal Legal Requirements For Recreational Cannabis Purchase:

  • You must be 21 years old.
  • You must have a valid, government-issued photo ID.
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Purchase Limits

Purchase Limits For Recreational Cannabis By Massachusetts Residents and Non-Residents
According to state laws, cannabis consumers can purchase:

  • 1 ounce of cannabis flower
  • 5 grams of concentrate
  • 20 servinces of edibles with a combine total of 100 mg of THC 

Possession Limits For Recreational Cannabis By Massachusetts Residents and Non-Residents
Purchase limits in Massachusetts differ significantly from possession limits. They are:

  • Up to 10 ounces of marijuana in the home
  • Up to 1 ounce of cannabis flower outside the home
  • Up to 5 grams of concentrates outside the home
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Sales Tax For Recreational Cannabis Purchases in Massachusetts

We aren’t going to sugarcoat it—recreational cannabis is expensive in Massachusetts. Here’s why:

  • All marijuana purchases are subject to a 10.75% cannabis excise tax and the state’s 6.25% sales tax. 
  • Municipalities can also charge a local excise tax up to 3%. 

This means that cannabis customers can expect to pay up to 20% in taxes on their purchases. Note: For those who qualify for medical marijuana in Massachusetts, there is no sales tax. 

FAQs About Recreational Cannabis in Massachusetts

Our budtenders are always available to answer questions, but some questions get asked more than others. We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to ensure you have the information you need before you visit us.

Yes! Recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts.

Only state-licensed marijuana dispensaries such as Verilife are allowed to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois.

Like in most states, recreational marijuana can only be purchased in state-licensed dispensaries. You can visit Verilife’s Wareham or Shrewsbury locations to make recreational cannabis purchases.

Non-residents can purchase recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. However, it is illegal to transport marijuana across state lines. You must consume the marijuana in the state and dispose of any remaining cannabis before leaving the state.

While dispensaries decide how much to charge for its products, the state does levy a variety of taxes on every purchase. These include:


  • A 10.75% cannabis excise tax along with the state’s 6.25% sales tax. 
  • An option for municipalities to add a local excise tax up to 3%. 

This means you may pay up to 20% taxes on your recreational cannabis purchases in Massachusetts.

While Massachusetts requires cannabis outside the home to be sealed or locked in a container, there are certain places where cannabis is not allowed at all. They include:

  • Public or federal land
  • Driving or in the passenger area of a car
  • Anywhere smoking tobacco is not allowed

Businesses, landlords, and certain municipalities may have additional rules regarding possession of recreational cannabis. You should always check the rules for your location before consuming marijuana. 

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Enjoy Marijuana Responsibly in Massachusetts

Whether you’re new to the industry or a cannabis connoisseur, our budtenders can help you choose the products that are right for you. Once you know the laws in your state, you can safely purchase and enjoy anything from premium flower to cannabis concentrates.

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