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Metrc Massachusetts: Cannabis Laws and Cultivation Information

Metrc Massachusetts: Cannabis Laws and Cultivation Information

Massachusetts officially legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, and the Commonwealth now utilizes Metrc as its cannabis regulating system. While the role of Metrc in Massachusetts is similar to many other states that utilize the same system, there are several state-specific cultivation and regulation laws to be aware of.

Metrc Massachusetts

Here’s a detailed look into the licensing process required to open a dispensary or other type of cannabis company in Massachusetts and how Metrc regulates these specific laws.

Table of Contents

  • CCC Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Seed to Sale License Types
  • Cultivation Registration in Massachusetts

CCC Massachusetts

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) in Massachusetts was created to safely, equitably, and effectively implement and administer the laws enabling access to medical and adult use of marijuana within the Commonwealth. Following Chapter 334 of the 2017 Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, the CCC now controls all of the various license types and marijuana establishments possible to obtain or open within the state.

Massachusetts Seed to Sale License Types

There are multiple different types of licenses available for Massachusetts seed to sale, each with their own requirements and application fees depending on the role. These license types include:

  • Marijuana Cultivation License – Cultivator licensees may grow, process, and package marijuana for delivery to marijuana establishments, but not consumers. These licenses are broken down into tiers based on the size of an operator’s canopy, measured by square feet, which ranges from Tier 1 to Tier 11.
  • Craft Marijuana Cooperative License – This rather unique license allows operators to obtain, grow, manufacture, brand, process and package marijuana and marijuana products for delivery to other licensed marijuana establishments, but not consumers.
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturer License – This entity authorizes the ability to obtain, grow, manufacture, process, and package marijuana and marijuana products to MEs, as well as transfer products to other MEs, but not consumers.
  • Cannabis Dispensary / Marijuana Retailer License – A marijuana retailer license authorizes the purchasing, repackaging, white labeling, and transporting of marijuana and products from other MEs, as well as selling, packaging, and transferring of marijuana and products to MEs, as well as consumers.
  • Transporter License – Licensed transporters are authorized to ship and transport marijuana between licensed MEs, but not consumers.
  • Marijuana Research Facility License – These licensees can consist of academic institutions, non-profit corporations, domestic corporations, or other entities authorized to do business in Massachusetts. A marijuana research facility may cultivate, purchase, or acquire marijuana for the purpose of conducting research regarding marijuana and such products.
  • Marijuana Testing License – An Independent Testing Laboratory, or ITL, is an entity that is properly accredited to perform tests on marijuana products in compliance with the requirements of the CCC’s protocols.
  • Standards Testing Laboratory – This is an entity that would otherwise qualify to be an ITL, but instead performs blind tests to verify results of ITL’s for the commission.
  • Microbusiness License – These are small-scale operations licensed to cultivate with Tier 1 canopies and manufacture with limitations on productions and purchasing.
  • Marijuana Delivery Operator License – These licensees may purchase marijuana at wholesale or warehouse finished marijuana and products from a cultivator, product manufacturer, microbusiness, or craft marijuana cooperative to sell and deliver directly to consumers.
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Cultivation Registration in Massachusetts

The CCC Massachusetts offers applicants the opportunity to obtain a wide range of license types, including cultivators, craft marijuana cooperatives, product manufacturers, retailers, research facilities, independent testing laboratories and standard laboratories, transporters, and microbusinesses.

Regarding commercial cannabis licensing, the initial application costs $3,000 plus an additional $10,000-$15,000 depending on which type of license you’re applying for.

Here are the steps for manufacturing and cultivation registration in Massachusetts:

  1. Review laws and regulations governing adult-use or medical-use marijuana for more information about the regulatory requirements for licensure.
  2. Research and write operational plans (business plan, diversity plan, security plan) for your business, and ensure that they are tailored to your application and include items required in the regulations.
  3. Gather information about the persons listed on the license and who will have control over the business, as each individual on the license needs identifying information.
  4. Hold a Community Outreach Meeting and sign a Host Community Agreement with evidence of doing so.
  5. Submit application.
  6. Wait for approval and final application review.

To apply for a license, visit their website or use the online application system.

Third-Party Integration

365 Cannabis is a validated third-party vendor for Metrc in Massachusetts. 365 Cannabis offers inventory control and tracking that is capable of interfacing with Metrc to track:

  • Number of plants & cuttings
  • Weight of seeds, measured in grams
  • Weight of trim, measured in grams
  • Weight of flowers, measured in grams
  • Quantity of THC, measured in mg

We will continue to update this page regularly as new legislation is passed or if updates occur. We encourage you to always check the Massachusetts Cannabis Control website for the most up-to-date and detailed information.

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