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Growing Marijuana In Massachusetts

Growing Marijuana In Massachusetts

11/8 UPDATE: Congratulations Massachusetts! This is great news. You can now legally grow up to six marijuana plants at home. That includes all of the harvest from those plants.

Finally, it’s legal for everyone to grow marijuana in Massachusetts!  If you want to get started, make sure you’re clear on the rules.

In this overview, I’ll explain what you need to know to grow marijuana at home in Massachusetts legally. Let’s start with a short list, followed by more details.

  1. The minimum age to grow is 21
  2. You can have no more than 12 marijuana plants
  3. You can have no more than 6 flowering marijuana plants
  4. You can keep the entire harvest of your 6 plants, and give away up to an ounce
  5. You must grow within your primary residence
  6. You can grow for someone else, but they must be at least 21

If you want to start growing in Massachusetts, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

Massachusetts Growing Laws In-Depth

If you’re confused by any of those rules, here’s a little more detail:

  1. You must be 21 to grow your own marijuana. At 21 you’re officially an adult. At that age, you can drink, go to a casino and now, grow marijuana. If you’re still underage, wait a couple years to stay legal.
  1. You are limited to 12 plants. Marijuana plants can be flowering or nonflowering. Plants that aren’t producing buds yet are considered immature, they’re in the vegetative stage.

They need 18 hours of light and 6 hours of complete darkness per day to remain immature. Once the days get shorter, your plants will begin producing flowers.

When growing indoors, you can control that light cycle. By shortening it from 18 hours of light to 12 hours of light, you can trigger the plants to start flowering.

  1. You are limited to 6 flowering plants. Like I talked about in the previous section, the flowering stage is triggered by light. It lasts about two months. Make sure you harvest your plants on the right cycle so that you never have more than six flowering at a time.
  1. Keep your entire harvest, and give away up to an ounce. You’re expected to keep your entire harvest, not to sell it. If you would like, you’re welcome to give some away to any adult, but you can’t give away more than an ounce.
  1. Grow within your primary residence. Make sure you only grow within your own house. Do not plan to grow marijuana in your office or at your mom’s place. If you own a second home, whether it’s an apartment or a cabin in the woods, you cannot use that space to grow. You can grow in your garden or in a greenhouse but ensure it is properly secured and your plants are not visible with the aid of binoculars or from the air.
  1. You can grow for someone else, but they must be at least 21. If you have a friend who’d like to grow marijuana but doesn’t have the space or time to do so in their own residence, you can help them out and grow at your home. However, make sure your friend is 21 or older.

As you can see, most adults in Massachusetts should be able to grow their own marijuana. And for those who cannot, there is probably someone that can help you out.

Click here if you want to buy marijuana seeds in Massachusetts

Do Not Break These Massachusetts Growing Rules

We’ve discussed the rules, now here are a few things that are not allowed:

  • Growing someplace other than your home
  • Selling your harvest
  • Storing your harvest any place other than home

There is also a section on parenting while growing. Although the state clearly says you can parent and grow, it also says it is for those aged 21 and up. If you have children in your home, it may be a good idea to invest in a lock or have a designated grower outside of your home.

If you have more questions or comments about growing in Massachusetts, leave them below in the comment section. I will update this article as needed to add the most frequently asked questions as well as any other interesting information.

If you want to start growing in Maine, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

Find the complete Massachusetts initiative here.

…end of update… Below is the original article with old laws

In 2013, Massachusetts approved a medical marijuana program that lets patients grow up to a sixty-day supply of marijuana in their homes. The problem is, however, the medical program is not operational yet. So it is unclear what happens if patients are caught growing weed in Massachusetts.

In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health began accepting applications on a rolling basis from non-profit organizations that wish to apply for a state license to operate a Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD) in Massachusetts. RMDs are allowed one location, and may have a second location for cultivation or preparing marijuana-infused products.

These applications are not a merit-based competition, but are verified for compliance and suitability, and will be reviewed in the order received. However, applications in open counties will be processed first. There is no stated limit to the number of RMDs that may be approved.

Authorization for the recreational use of marijuana may appear on the ballot in November 2016. Signatures need to be collected for the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Initiative by May 3, 2016.

 

Medical marijuana

massachusetts medical marijuana

The medical program will cover the following conditions:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician

It also will let certain patients designate caregivers, if they can prove they are unable to purchase from a dispensary.

Massachusetts laws

marijuana law in massachusetts

Massachusetts has decriminalized weed and has passed laws for medical marijuana, but it still has a marijuana tax stamp. The tax stamp is a program that requires those possessing marijuana to pay tax on their weed.

The tax is $3.50/gram, but it is only required if the weed only has at least 40 grams. When the tax is paid, the user receives a stamp. If caught with marijuana, the stamps must be produced, or there will be additional fines or jail time.

For those charges that do give jail time, Massachusetts has a conditional release program. Conditional release means that people caught for the first time will most likely not receive jail time.

Mandatory sentences are the exception to conditional releases. Massachusetts has mandatory sentences for large amounts of marijuana (100 lbs and more).

You won’t get arrested for having less than an ounce of marijuana, and you may not get arrested for growing one plant. Even with this, it is a good idea to not get caught growing marijuana in Massachusetts.

My Marijuana Grow Bible has the best information on how to grow without getting caught. It is a free download, and when combined with high-quality seeds, it can result in the best personal weed stash you’d ever grown. So, whether you are a medical patient or a lover of high- quality weed, grow with confidence by downloading my Marijuana Grow Bible first.

Growing in Massachusetts

growing weed in massachusetts

Massachusetts has decriminalized marijuana possession, but it has not decriminalized growing. In Massachusetts, growing is combined with distribution. This means growers are seen as potential sellers.

The laws are separated between those that grow less than 50 lbs and those that grow more than 50 lbs.  Small home growers could pay a fine as little as $500 or as high as $5000. There is even a chance of up to years in jail. More marijuana laws on norml.org

Because of the laws about growing weed in Massachusetts, doing so for personal use needs to be discrete. While it is unlikely that someone with one or two plants will go to jail for growing, they will most likely have to pay a fine.

If you are not caught growing weed in Massachusetts, you will not go to jail for growing weed. That is why you need to be discrete.

Latest Updates

December 2016 – Massachusetts is legalized! Let’s Get Growing

October 2016 – Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative 2016 launches their first TV ad.

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Comment Section

54 thoughts on “Growing Marijuana In Massachusetts


By Overgrow on 14 November 2016

If theres two adults in one home, can they grow 12 flowering plants, 6 for each adult? Or is it 6 max per household?


By Jimmy on 22 December 2016

that is a great question! When I read the ballot question it mentions nothing about the STAGE of the plants grown (like this article states). I view the current state of the law as 6 plants per person with no more than 12 per household. 2 people = 12 plants max, 4 people = 12 plants max. I do not see where if it matters if they are flowering, seedlings or vegetative.


By James Tran on 14 November 2016

Hi
I have some people asking me if they can rent part of my warehouse to grow. Is this okay?


By Roy ILGM on 15 November 2016

Hi James, I don’t see why not. Best check with nearby authorities though. And wait until the law goes into affect 🙂


By Jimmy on 22 December 2016

No to the warehouse. It MUST be the GROWERS Primary residence.


By Warren Currier on 2 August 2017

James Tran: Contact your Insurance Company and ask them this question and the answer you get may direct your actions with ease. Who are we to tell you is it is okay?


By Mañuel Laver on 18 November 2016

As I construe Question 4, seeds are considered ‘marijuana’, and as such would not be legally vendable within the Commonwealth until licenced shops open in January 2018,though they could be given away as part of the 1oz permitted for transfer gratis. Am I reading the Measure incorrectly? Thanks, —M.L..


By Jay on 27 November 2016

Anyone in Boston interested in “giving” me some seeds, parents will let me set up a little grow, and are encouraging me too, but wont let me order the seeds online b/c laws or something :/. Im *sure* i *cant* offer you monetary compensation. Twitter: @ j a c k 9 9 3 8 (remove spaces)



By jonnyRotten on 22 December 2016

well lots of opportunity for advice for you and the ‘rents’ but will refrain. seeds run from 8-12 bucks a seeds if you can believe that. Any cultivator will tell you the ultimate goal is not to just push buds, but to establish a great list of strains and become a seed bank. One plant can fetch you 3K for bud or 10K for seeds. Knowledge is power.


By joel on 30 November 2016

Will you be allowed to grow in a apartment like in a locked grow tent


By Roy ILGM on 1 December 2016

Yup, as long as it is your primary residence


By Jimmy on 22 December 2016

You need to determine YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE. If you rent it is not YOUR property.


By jake on 2 December 2016

can you be an out of state college student and grow marijuana. and if you have 3 people over 21 in your house can you have 18 plants flowering?


By Roy ILGM on 2 December 2016

I think if you’re out of state but a resident in state you qualify as a state resident. The number of plants (6) count per address I believe. But best check those facts locally.


By jimmy on 22 December 2016

No silly! How can you be growing a garden when you are not present? Also who’s name is on the deed? Probably your parents home. Save up, buy a home and grow six plants. Or have a friend who is a homeOwner grow em.


By Sin on 3 December 2016

I’ve done some reading online and i’m curious why no talk of acquiring or purchasing cannabis seeds locally or online is not discussed more. The most fundamental part of the grow is starting with a seed. If you cant acquire a decent seed whats the point in all this talk? Where do we get seeds? Who sells them? Is it safe to order online? I’ve heard of federal laws that supersede(ha! super-seed?…sorry, moving on) state laws, so is it still safe. More talk needs to be made about cannabis seeds. Growers will want high quality seeds too i’m not talking about finding a crap seed in a batch of herb you purchased from your cousin bilbo baggins….


By Roy ILGM on 5 December 2016

Hey Sin, you can buy our quality seeds here and read up about shipping here 🙂


By Mañuel Laver on 13 December 2016

As I construe the law, cannabis seeds are deemed ‘marijuana’, and marijuana cannot legally be sold in this state until at least January 2018 when retailers might first be licensed; until the, seeds can be given-away as per any other type of marijuana (1oz limit). Importation or interstate transport of seeds will still be a federal crime, one that is rarely prosecuted but might soon be a popular way of getting at people with politics the next administration hates, pretext for deportation if you’re an otherwise-‘clean’ undocumented alien, and so on, all without obviously infringing on First Amendment rights.


By jimmy on 22 December 2016

You can certainly break federal laws to ship seeds from other countries via US Mail. What do you have to lose? Freedom?


By Jack orsie on 10 December 2016

It have a green house can I grow in that on my own property I also abut school property just wondering if it’s ok to grow here


By Mañuel Laver on 13 December 2016

Legally, plants must not be visible with the unaided eye from outside your property, and the room in which they’re growing must be locked. I’ve no idea if outbuildings are allowed, I’d have to reread the measure to be sure and I’m tired now.


By Jimmy on 22 December 2016

Yes to the greenhouse if it locks and you cannot see them from outside of it. And it is YOUR Primary residence


By john jones on 16 December 2016

What are the penalties if caught growing more than 12 plants in one house? Would if be a fine or subject to arrest ?


By Roy ILGM on 19 December 2016

Hi John, this is from: regulatemassachusetts (e) Possession or cultivation of excess marijuana. Notwithstanding chapter 94C of the General Laws and until the import or export of marijuana to or from the commonwealth is not prohibited by federal law, a person who is at least 21 years of age and who cultivates more than 6 but not more than 12 marijuana plants or who possesses an amount of marijuana outside of his or her place of residence having a weight of more than 1 ounce but not more than 2 ounces shall be subject only to a civil penalty of not more than $100 and forfeiture of the marijuana not allowed by section 8 of this chapter, but shall not be subject to any other form of criminal or civil punishment or disqualification solely for this conduct. – See more at: https://www.regulatemassachusetts.org/full-initiative-text/#sthash.U8v7cWC0.dpuf


By Jimmy on 22 December 2016

So this is a question for the DA that will be charging you. 13-20 plants may be like ROY ILGM states below, but anything over that they may charge you with a federal crime. The wording is in hopes of discouraging the Mexican Cartel from buying a home and turning it into a large operation. Don’t push the law, unless you want a wardrobe change


By Boston Homegrow on 29 December 2016

I started germinating seeds the day it became legal in MA, this is my first time ever doing this and I’m documenting the “Boston novice homegrow” experience over at https://homegrow.io – looking to sync up and trade info and tips with other MA home growers!


By DankFrank on 12 April 2017

I tried to go to that site but u can only look at pics there is no way to interact with you


By Norm on 21 November 2017

Boston Homegrow – WOW!! This is your “…first time ever doing this,…”? Holy smoke (pun intended)! That’s an impressive effort, to be sure! I wish I had that much time…and ambition! LOL Great job!


By AW on 31 December 2016

Are you sure it must be grown inside? I have heard conflicting things. Some say inside. Other “Marijuana could be grown outside for personal or commercial use, but it must not be visible to the public without the use of “binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids.” No word on a required fence height.”


By Roy ILGM on 2 January 2017

Thanks for noticing AW! I changed the info on outdoor growing and added a link to the complete initiative text.


By Chuck on 5 January 2017

Now that it is legal in Mass I’m thinking about growing 6 plants outdoor in a locked and fenced in garden. I have two questions. Is it legal if the garden can be seen by aircraft? What seeds do you recommend for growing outdoors in Mass?



By Chuck on 9 January 2017

I ended up buying a 2’x4′ Gorilla grow tent, a 600 watt HPS light, and a 6″ fan with carbon filter. I was hoping to grow 4 plants. How many do you think I can grow at a time?


By Bob Dobelina on 23 January 2017

Depends on how long do you let them grow before flowering. The longer they grow the bigger the plant. Plan on a plant getting 30 to 50% bigger during flowering, so stop growing vegetively when your plants have filled 2/3 of your space and switch your lights to flowering cycle .


By latewood_ILGM on 11 January 2017

Hey Chuck,

You need a minimum of 2’x2′ for 1 plant; So, I would not attempt to grow more than 2 in a 2’x4′ tent. Happy growing 🙂


By Jeb on 19 January 2017

Amount of plants allowed in MA.
Is it the household that is allowed 12 plants at different stages or the amount of adults in the home. My case would be 12. X 4.


By Roy ILGM on 19 January 2017

Hi Jeb, it’s 1×12 per house so not per adult 🙂


By Anonymous on 30 June 2017

I’m growing six autoflower plants outdoors. I have them caged in with 1/2 inch galvi wire mesh to keep the gophers who are around in the neighborhood from eating them. With these secured cages nobody can actually see what I’m growing because of the visional obstruction. A nosey neighbor wouldn’t be able to figure what I’m growing even by using binoculars. But the tops of the mesh cages are open to aerial view and aircraft are always flying overhead to and from Wiggins airport in Norwood. There are some fields and parks nearby which the aircraft use for guidance reference. Now if somebody inside one of those aircraft wanted to get nosey by using binoculars to spy on my garden….I could get in trouble? Blah! I’ll get them for invading my privacy those peeping Toms!


By Mary on 30 January 2017

For outdoor growing in your garden…just what is considered a reasonable security device?


By Roy ILGM on 31 January 2017

Hi Mary, I’m not sure what you mean but you just have to ensure your garden is secured from access and view to the outside world and children


By Jane on 31 January 2017

if I have a cage sides and top grow 6 flowering plants can they bust me ? I live in a privet area woods behind me.My house is set way back in off the road.Also if i grow for someone else can I still have my six plants too? Also where can i get a growers license, do they have such a thing?



By Chuck on 12 February 2017

I bought a combo pack of seeds from ILGM. They have been growing for about 2 weeks, and I think they look great. The Super Silver Haze has some Purpling of the stems, but Gold Leaf, and the Purple Haze do not. Is this normal for the SSH or do I have a Cal Mag deficiency. If so how do I clear it up?


By DankFrank on 12 April 2017

Do u need any type of card to grow in Massachusetts or as long as your 21 and grow up to 6 plants in your house your with in the law?


By Roy ILGM on 12 April 2017

Hi DankFrank, no card required as far as we know!


By Mark on 30 May 2017

If I own 12 plants, and I would like to help a family member grow by doing it in my home, can I own additional plants in their name?


By Roy ILGM on 1 June 2017

Hi Mark, I believe the restrictions count per address, not per number of people you are growing for. – I❤️GM


By Silly rabbit on 22 June 2017

So if you can only grow at your residence, how can you have a friend grow it for you? That’s a contradiction.


By Woody nelson on 1 July 2017

your plants are allowed to be in your garden but have to be secured, not seen from the street and not in the woods (where there is no sun by the way), are not allowed to be seen by air or binoculars then they are not allowed to be out side. Green houses are translucent as well and binoculars can see right through them. Are they going to make laws saying you can’t raise your electric bill (grow lights), raise the water usage, the usage of carbon filters is illegal in a residential neighborhood, marijuana smell is illegal, marijuana trim cannot be composted, as soon as it’s cut it has to be wrapped in plastic and stored (needs to dry but can’t ), must be inspected by police, not allowed to be seen by police(5 year jail time mandatory ). All assets seized and confiscated upon arrest( including house and bank accounts/ “drug den and drug money”). I guess we’ll see if the old saying
” marijuana will rein your life” Is true.


By Stella on 8 October 2017

If you and your room mate grow a weed plant together throughout the summer and when it comes time to harvest your roommate take the bud and locks it in their room, can they charge you with larceny if you go into their room and take your share


By Biff on 25 October 2017

12 plants only, what about seedlings or cuttings or mother plants?


By Norm on 21 November 2017

I guess you could call me an aging ‘hippie,’ although I’ve always hated that term. I’ve been enjoying good weed for fifty (yes, 50!) years, and just read this thread. Wow, boys and girls!! Relax! As it has always been, the key here is discretion. The only times I have known people to get busted for weed-related offenses, it has been because A. They were aggressively and/or indiscriminately dealing it, or B. They were being just plain dumb! (e.g. Driving ‘impaired,’ acting like an idiot while carrying a full ‘baggie,’ etc.). The days of ‘shaking down the longhaired creeps’ are pretty much behind us. Oh, I’m sure that people will now respond with “Oh, yeah…well I….” horror stories of all kinds, but those can most often be traced back to A. or B., with rare exceptions dating back to the ’60s and ’70s. The fact is that, if you are enjoying your weed responsibly, you shouldn’t have any problems, here in MA. With expected yields, why would you need more than 12 plants? Obscuring view from above is no more complicated than netting a blueberry bush and, if you’re not acting in a way that would attract attention, most police officers and departments have got better things to do than go searching for pot-growing (or consumption) infractions! Be reasonable, discreet, and enjoy relative freedom from ‘pot persecution!!’ The laws may be annoying, but they’re not that difficult to abide by, and they’re certainly better than those that we’ve had to live under for the preceding 49 years or more!!

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