Massachusetts Marijuana Employer Guidelines“Recreational vs. personal” use of marijuana: We recognize that a majority of the country uses the term “recreational use” when referring to states that have legalized possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for those over 21.
Massachusetts personal and medical use of marijuana.
Medical Use: On November 6, 2012 Ballot Question 3 known as the Act for The Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana was approved by 63% of those voting. The law went into effect January 1, 2013 and is codified at St. 2012, c. 369.
The voter initiative and enabling law (M.G.L. Chapter 369, Sec. 7, D) do not specify restrictions for employers, but they do state: Nothing in this law requires any accommodation of any on-site medical use of marijuana in any place of employment, school bus, or on school grounds, in any youth center, in any correctional facility, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place.
Personal Use: On November 8, 2016 Question 4, the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative passed with a margin of 53.57%. Legalization took effect December 15, 2016. Under the new law, individuals that are at least 21 years old can use, grow, and possess marijuana. The measure stipulated that individuals could possess less than ten ounces of marijuana inside their homes and under one ounce in public. Individuals can also grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes.
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