Medical Marijuana Entities

Regarding new legislation from Question 3, effective January 1, 2013

As you may be aware, the passage of Question 3 on the 2012 Massachusetts State Ballot allows for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Commonwealth. While approved by ballot, the new legislation states an effective date of January 1, 2013 and does not become law until engrossed by the Legislature.

Please be advised that all nonprofits must organize for a purpose that complies with law. It is not lawful to operate a medical marijuana treatment center or acquire, cultivate, possess, transfer, transport, sell or distribute marijuana until the law becomes effective and such entities have been registered by the Department of Public Health (DPH) under appropriate DPH guidelines. DPH will be forthcoming with regulations regarding their registration process.

For our purposes, entities organizing for a purpose relating to the new medical marijuana legislation with the Corporations Division must state a general non-profit purpose recognized in MGL Ch. 180 ยง4. They may not state that they are organizing as a medical marijuana treatment center or organizing for the purpose of acquiring, cultivating, possessing, transferring, transporting, selling or distributing marijuana until licensed by DPH.

Moreover, because these entities will now be organizing with a general purpose, we may accept their organizational filings effective immediately.