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Marijuana Legalization in
Massachusetts
PJ McCann
Deputy General Counsel
Heather Gasper
Director, Intergovernmental Relations
November 16, 2016
Medical Marijuana Timeline
? November 2012: Medical Marijuana Ballot initiative passes; City
interagency working group formed to develop local policy approach
? January 2013: Boston Zoning Commission approves code amendment,
making registered marijuana dispensaries (RMDs) a conditional use in
commercial districts and forbidden use in residential districts
? November 2013: Board of Health approves regulations
? November 2014: DPH announces provisional certification for first Boston
RMD site
? August 2015: Patriot Care receives approval from Zoning Board of Appeal
? November 2015: BPHC receives Patriot Care Corporation application
? November 2015-Spring 2016: Staff conducted a series of internal meetings
to review and discuss the Patriot Care Application, seeking feedback from
other agencies including the Boston Police Department
? July 2016: BPHC issues permit; facility opens August 2016
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Medical Marijuana in MA
by the numbers
As of October 31, 2016:
? 8 RMDs Open for Sales
? 32,416 Active Patients
? 2,670 Active Caregivers
? 172 Registered Physicians
? 38,302 Active Physician Certifications
? 57 RMDs with provisional certificates
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Source: MA DPH Medical Use of Marijuana Program

Is it illegal to smoke marijuana in Massachusetts? Smoking marijuana in Massachusetts is still banned in the same public places that prohibit tobacco smoking, and it is still illegal to drive while on drugs. "You should be staying in-state with your product," cautions Adam Fine, an attorney who helped draft the state marijuana law passed by Massachusetts voters in 2016.