MA Non-Medical/Recreational Marijuana

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much marijuana can an adult posses in MA?

A: An adult over the age of 21 may posses up to 1 ounce of marijuana in public and up to 10 ounces total in there home.  Adults over the age of 21 may also posses up to 5 grams of highly potent marijuana concentrate.

Q: What forms of marijuana are now legal for adults over the age of 21 to posses?

A: In addition to dried marijuana flowers, adults may also possess edible marijuana products (brownies, gummy bears, chocolates, etc.) marijuana concentrates (wax, dabs, oil) and tinctures.

Q: How many stores could we have in town?

A: Within the current structure of the law, we could approve 5 licenses of commercial marijuana establishments (sales, cultivation, manufacturing).

Q: How much marijuana can I buy when I go into a store?

A: Regulations are still being finalized, but current standards would allow an adult over the age 21 to purchase 1 ounce at a time.

Q: Could a 15 yr. old potentially work at the store?

A: No. Minors will not be allowed to work in any marijuana establishment.

Q: Are adults allowed to grow marijuana at home?

A: Yes. Every adult over the age of 21 may grow up to 6 plants in their primary residence, with a maximum of 12 plants per household.  As the head of household, you are allowed to be in possession of the full yield of your harvest, even if it exceeds the 10-ounce limit.

Q: Who will establish and oversee the regulations and licensing?

A:  The state of MA will establish a Cannabis Control Commission and Cannabis Control Board.  Once established, it is the responsibility of the Cannabis Control Commission to establish guidelines and regulations. If the Cannabis Control Commission is not in place, or regulations are not complete by July 1, 2018, no extensions will be granted and licensing of businesses must be approved.

Licensing, Regulations and Enforcement will be overseen locally by the Wayland Board of Health.

Q: When will we start to see marijuana dispensaries open in MA?

A: The current date for marijuana dispensaries to open in MA is July 1, 2018.  

Q: What are we voting on at the Special Town Meeting?

A: The Town Meeting will decide whether to extend a moratorium on the granting of licenses for marijuana retail stores and related enterprises until December 31, 2018 in order to learn about other towns’ experiences and to develop the best plan for managing this new industry within the borders of our own town.