All registered qualifying patients must notify the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
- Of changes in the patient’s name or address
- If the patient ceases to have the debilitating medical condition
- If the qualifying patient is deceased (the designated caregiver, if any, or a legal representative of the patient shall notify the Department)
- Of a change in the designated caregiver
- If the registry identification card is damaged, lost or stolen;
- Of a change to the information that he or she was previously required to submit to the department;
- A registered qualifying patient must carry his or her registration card at all times while in possession of cannabis.;
- Caregiver must not allow a registered qualifying patient who is under 18 years of age to possess cannabis at any time when not in the presence of the personal caregiver;
Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Cannabis in Massachusetts
Possessing cannabis is legal for:
- An adult 21 years of age or older
- A registered medical cannabis patient, caregiver or agent of a registered cannabis dispensary
Cannabis must be secure, sealed and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport cannabis in a vehicle unless it is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.
Legally Purchasing Medical & Recreational Cannabis
Registered qualifying patients and their designated caregivers should not seek, obtain, or possess an amount of cannabis from a registered medical cannabis dispensary that would cause him or her to exceed up to a 60-day supply for personal medical use. A 60-day supply is defined as up to 10 ounces.
Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government-issued ID are able to purchase no more than one ounce of cannabis or 5 grams of cannabis concentrate per transaction.
Safely and Legally Storing Medical Cannabis
Individuals are responsible for keeping their medical cannabis fully safe and secure. Medical cannabis can be an attractant to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her prescribed medical cannabis.
In the event, you suspect or learn that your cannabis has been stolen or misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.
To keep your medical cannabis secure
- Store cannabis in its original tamper-evident container.
- Do not remove the label from the container.
- Keep it in a secure area, away from children.
- Consider using a third-party cannabis storage product.
Individuals that meet the requirements set forth under the MA adult regs would be able to use cannabis. Patients and caregivers are required to carry their registry identification card at all times when in possession of medical cannabis products.
Safely and Legally Administering Medical Cannabis in a Permitted Place
The law prohibits smoking medical cannabis. Cannabis can only be ingested in forms approved by the Massachusetts Department of Health. No cannabis products may be consumed through vaporization in any public place or location where smoking is prohibited under the public health law.
An individual may consume products in his or her private residence if, unless the private residence is being used to provide licensed child care services or is other prohibited
Though vaporization is generally prohibited in a hospital or health care facility, vaporization may occur in separate and enclosed designated smoking rooms for patients of such facilities.
Obtaining cannabis does not exempt an individual from prosecution and penalties imposed by Federal law, including possessing, transporting, or using medical cannabis on any federal property. These properties include but are not limited to: federal buildings and courthouses, federal parks, federal highways, and federal military bases. It is your responsibility as a patient/caregiver to know the locations under federal jurisdiction.
Safely and Legally Transporting Medical Cannabis
Cannabis must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport cannabis in a vehicle unless the cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.
Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis Is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft or motorboat while under the influence of cannabis. Nothing in Massachusetts law prevents the arrest or prosecution of an individual for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis.
Federal Laws on Cannabis
Cannabis remains a Controlled Substance under Federal Law. Thus, its possession and use are currently illegal under Federal Law.
Obtaining medical cannabis does not exempt an individual from prosecution and penalties imposed by Federal law, including possessing, transporting, or using medical cannabis on any federal property. These properties include but are not limited to: federal buildings and courthouses, federal parks, federal highways, and federal military bases. It is your responsibility as a patient/caregiver to know the locations under federal jurisdiction.
Always seek the advice of your attorney before purchasing, possessing, or using cannabis and regarding the resulting risks and penalties that may be imposed by the federal government. The information and materials provided to you by Verilife should not be used as a substitute for the information and knowledge that your attorney should provide to you.