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Medical Marijuana

​In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  The law allows individuals who are certified by their physician as having a debilitating medical condition to use and possess up to a 60-day supply of medical marijuana.  A debilitating medical condition is further defined as “HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s, MS and other conditions as determined by a physician.”  A 60-day supply has been determined bystate regulation​ to be 10 ounces.  

To register, a patient must obtain a letter from his/her physician and submit an application to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  More details on the patient registration process are available here.   Patients may designate a caregiver to help them use medical marijuana.  Caregivers must be 21 years old and may buy, grow and assist patients in using medical marijuana. 

The law allows medical marijuana to be sold through Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs), which are also under the purview of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).  The maximum allowed by law at this time is 35, with a maximum of 5 in each county.  MDPH reviewed over 100 applications for RMDs, and announced theapproved list of RMD operators​ on January 31, 2014.

Once approved by the state, RMDs in Boston will need to go through a local permitting process.  In addition to zoning relief and building permits, RMDs will need to apply for a permit from the Environmental Health Office at BPHC.  


​BPHC Guidelines for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries​ ​​

 
 
 
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