In the meantime, let’s look at a few places that can help you out with your CBD needs until then.
First, let’s take a look at the legal landscape of marijuana in Massachusetts.
How to Buy CBD in Massachusetts
However, despite being the first state to enforce marijuana restrictions, Massachusetts has now made marijuana legal for both medical and recreational purposes.
If you live in Massachusetts, then congratulations — you’re in one of the best states for marijuana and CBD in the country.
Once you’re approved for a medical marijuana card, you’re able to purchase up to a 60-day supply (up to a maximum of 10 ounces) from a licensed dispensary.
That changed with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp cultivation and created a path to remove hemp from Schedule 1 by creating a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana. Under the legislation, hemp is classified as cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, while marijuana is cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC. The bill effectively removed hemp-derived CBD’s status as a Schedule 1 substance. However, because marijuana retained its schedule classification, marijuana-derived CBD is still considered federally illegal. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp an agricultural commodity and required it to be produced and sold under regulations that implement the bill, which have yet to be enacted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
To date, Massachusetts has not submitted a plan to regulate hemp within the state. The website for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR) clarifies that it is waiting for the USDA to issue guidance before it develops a state plan for regulating hemp.
Adult-use and medical marijuana are legal in Massachusetts.
CBD oil usually comes with a dropper to allow consumers and patients to measure out their dose. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A bottle of CBD oil. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps