State Laws

Massachussetts Marijuana Laws

     

Massachusetts Laws
The state of Massachusetts does not permit any legal usage or possession of marijuana. This includes for personal use or medical use. Laws state that any amount is punishable by criminal charges. Because there have been multiple attempts to alter the law, Massachusetts created the Question 2 law. The Question 2 law states that a first offense of a small, possessed amount can have lower criminal charges. This kind of charge is as minimal as a traffic offense.

Possession
Massachusetts' laws of possession are based on the amount an individual possesses as well as the number of prior offenses. Possessing less than one ounce is considered a civil offense and is not punishable by incarceration but does include a fine of one hundred dollars.

In the cases where these offenders are under the age of eighteen, they are required to pay one thousand dollars or to attend a drug awareness program. Possessing more than an ounce is considered a misdemeanor offense in all cases. All first-time offenders and subsequent possession offenders will be penalized through a fine of five hundred dollars with or instead of incarceration of six months.

First-time offenders, and some other subsequent offenders, have the opportunity to complete probation where all their records according to the crime will be sealed when probation is complete.

Growth and Sale
The first offense of growing or selling fewer than fifty pounds of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor offense. This first offense is punishable by a fine of five thousand dollars and two years of imprisonment. All other sale and growth penalties are considered felony offenses.

Selling or growing between fifty and one hundred pounds can be penalized by at least one year of incarceration, with a possibility of two and a half to fifteen years in prison, and a fine between five hundred and ten thousand dollars.

All selling or growing between one hundred and one thousand pounds can be punished by a mandatory imprisonment of three years, with the possibility of fifteen years, and a fine between twenty-five hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars.

The sale and growth between two thousand and ten thousand pounds of marijuana is punishable by a mandatory minimum incarceration of five years, with the possibility of fifteen years, and a fine between five thousand and fifty thousand dollars.

Selling or growing more than ten thousand pounds of marijuana earns a mandatory minimum imprisonment of ten years, with a possibility of fifteen, and a fine between twenty thousand and two hundred thousand dollars.

Selling or growing any amount of marijuana on or within one thousand feet of school property is considered a felony and is punishable by a mandatory minimum of two years imprisonment, with the possibility of fifteen years, and a fine between one thousand and ten thousand dollars.

Paraphernalia
Paraphernalia charges in Massachusetts are always felony offenses. Manufacturing, selling, or possessing marijuana paraphernalia is penalized by a fine between five hundred and five thousand dollars with or instead of one to two years of incarceration. Selling paraphernalia to a minor can earn three to five years of incarceration with the same fine amount as other paraphernalia charges.

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