Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Massachusetts has a long list of penalties for getting caught with marijuana. While possession of up to 1 oz has been decriminalized, one may still face civil charges and be fined $100. Possession of more than 1 oz is punishable by a $500 fine and 6 months in jail. Massachusetts has legalized marijuana for medical purposes and there is a process to becoming a qualified patient. Massachusetts has a Facebook page dedicated to addressing these questions.

Penalties for Recreational Marijuana Use in Massachusetts

  • Possession of more than 1 oz (first offense) is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and a $500 fine. The charges will be stricken from the record after completion of probation. First offenders are usually placed on probation and all official records relating to the conviction will be sealed until successful completion of probation.
  • Possession of more than 1 oz (subsequent offenses) is a misdemeanor, punishable by 2 years in jail and a $2,000 fine. There is the possibility for probation; however, the charges remain on your record.
  • First-time offenders caught cultivating or distributing (less than 50 lbs) face 2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
  • Subsequent offenses are punishable by 1 to 2.5 years imprisonment and a $1,000 - $10,000 fine. -Distributing or cultivating 50 to 99 lbs is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 1 year but up to 15 years in prison, and a fine of $10,000.
  • Distributing or cultivating 100 to 1,999 lbs is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 3 years but up to 15 years in prison, and a $25,000 fine.
  • Distributing or cultivating 2,000 to 9,999 lbs is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 5 years but up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
  • Distributing or cultivating more than 10,000 lbs is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 10 years but up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The state allows conditional release or diversion for first time prosecutions. After completing probation, the charges are stricken from the offender’s criminal record. During this time, the offender may be required to take a drug awareness class.

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