How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Massachusetts


Adult Use:
Medical and Adult Use
Link to Application
Market Overview:

Cannabis in Massachusetts is legal for medical and recreational use. Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical cannabis when voters passed a ballot measure in 2012. Sales of adult-use cannabis began in November 2018, two years after personal use and home-growing were legalized. According to The Boston Globe, adult-use cannabis retailers have now sold more than $1.5 billion in product since sales began.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who qualifies as a Marijuana Establishment Agent?:

Board members, directors, executives, managers, employees, and volunteers of any licensed marijuana establishment. Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, Guidance on Marijuana Establishment Agent Registration

Marijuana Establishments must apply for agent registrations on behalf of the above listed individuals. Applicants must fill out an agent registration application for each individual for each specific license. For example, if a proposed agent will be associated with multiple establishment-types (cultivation, retail, manufacturing, etc.), an application must be submitted for each individual establishment.


  • 21 years of age or older
  • Never convicted in the Commonwealth of distribution of controlled substances to minors or a like offense in another jurisdiction
  • Must be suitable for registration in accordance with 935 CMR 500.800 and 500.802
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50
Background Check Requirements:

The following background information must be disclosed on the agent application:

  • Description and dates of any criminal action that occurred in any jurisdiction which resulted in a conviction, guilty plea, plea of nolo contendere, or admission of sufficient facts
  • Description and dates of any civil or administrative action that occurred in any jurisdiction relating to any professional, occupational or fraudulent practices
  • Description and dates of any past or pending action on a license that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction
  • Description and dates of any past or pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction

A Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) report is also required within 30 days prior to the submission of an agent registration application.

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