The marijuana business will soon be legal in Massachusetts

What does that mean? How does it work?


We answer questions.

  • Processing
  • Social Consumption
  • Delivery services
  • Craft Co-Operatives
  • Qualifying for licenses
  • Fees
  • Federal law
  • Testing laboratories
  • Ancillary businesses
  • Extracts
  • Cultivation
  • Product manufacture
  • Cannabis Cafes
  • Minorities
  • Seeds
  • Edibles
  • Retail store
  • Retail delivery
  • Hemp
  • Municipalities
  • Special Event Licenses
  • Zoning
  • Priority Treatment
  • Veterans
  • Topicals
  • On-site consumption
  • Application process
  • Medical marijuana
  • Banking
  • Women entrepreneurs

We advise  prospective license applicants, public officials and others taking a stake in the success of legalization in Massachusetts.


Who we are



Richard M. Evans has practiced law in western Massachusetts for over 35 years, representing business owners, parties to residential and commercial real estate transactions, nonprofit land trusts protecting agriculture and natural resources, parties having interests before municipal bodies. For nearly his entire professional career, he has participated prominently in the marijuana legalization effort. In 1981, he authored the first comprehensive regulation/taxation plan to be introduced as legislation in any state, upon which bills were modeled and introduced in other states. As a member of NORML’s board of directors in the 90s, he was the moving force behind NORML’s Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use, and was award its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. His numerous op-eds and other writings have helped shape and propel the counter-prohibitionist narrative. He chaired the Yes on 4 Campaign in 2016.


Michael D. Cutler has practiced law in Massachusetts for more than 35 years, focusing in criminal defense, civil litigation, and state and municipal administrative proceedings. He has served as a town planning board member, evaluating applications for real estate development permits; he has represented applicants seeking such permits and others, including liquor licenses. He is state-certified to represent prisoners and patients in state criminal post-conviction and mental health proceedings, to train and recertify private lawyers who accept such appointments, and is state-certified to represent prisoners, convicted of murder at trial, in post-conviction proceedings in state and federal court. As a 20-year member of the National Legal Committee of NORML, Attorney Cutler is well connected with colleagues in states that protect medical marijuana. He has consulted to a successful cannabis dispensary licensee in a neighboring state overcoming the threat of federal interference. After practicing in Boston for more than thirty years, he recently relocated his office to Northampton, maintaining a Boston presence for clients in Eastern Massachusetts.

Marijuana Licensing in Massachusetts By Richard M. Evans and Michael D. Cutler

Marijuana Licensing in Massachusetts

By Richard M. Evans and Michael D. Cutler


How we work

Please call (413) 584-5111 to schedule a 1.5-hour conference, in the office or by telephone, to consider your needs, wishes and circumstances, and to answer your specific questions. Our fee is $420 for the conference. Follow-up legal services will be charged as agreed upon engagement.


Publications & Documents

Marijuana Licensing in Massachusetts: A Preliminary Guide and Commentary, by Richard M. Evans and Michael D. Cutler, Edition 1.0 (November 2017).

Citizen’s Guide 2.0 to Marijuana Legalization in Massachusetts, by Richard M. Evans, originally issued March 15, 2017, revised October 22, 2017.

Steps to Obtaining a Marijuana Establishment License in Massachusetts (a one-page summary).