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CLE - Implementing the Medical Marijuana Law: What Lawyers Need to Know

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Join us to learn about the rapidly-advancing implementation of the voter-enacted Massachusetts law that authorizes state licensing of companies to produce and sell marijuana products for medical purposes.

We will discuss the regulatory system that is being developed and implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to review applications and grant licenses to “dispensaries”. 

We will also address the various responses by municipalities to affect the location, operation, and impact of dispensaries through zoning bylaws and ordinances, health regulations, and negotiated host community agreements.  Our panel will also discuss the legal issues facing dispensary operators in this initial “roll-out’ period, including state licensing, municipal permitting, private leases and site agreements for facility locations, and financial operations for such entities, given the uncertain status of such operations under federal law. 


  • Overview of the medical marijuana statute, state regulations, and the implementation of the dispensary application and licensing system.
  • Regulation at the municipal level, through zoning bylaws/ordinances, health regulations, and negotiated agreements.
  • Legal issues faced by dispensary operators, including obtaining state licenses and municipal permits, determining appropriate locations, negotiating leases, and addressing operational issues.

Registration Categories:
BBA Member - $130.00
Non-Member - $170.00
BBA Member - Legal Services/ Government Lawyer - $70.00
Law Student - $30.00

If the cost of this seminar would preclude you from attending, please contact us about tuition discounts.

It's so easy to be green!  The BBA offers registrants CLE course materials in both electronic and print format.  Please remember to select your option during registration.  If you opt for the electronic version, a PDF link will be email to you prior to the seminar. We encourage laptops and portable devices at the seminar, Free WiFi is available in all conference rooms!

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Jacqueline Querubin


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