Cannabis FAQs

Have questions about cannabis? Not sure of what to expect during your visit? Check out our helpful cannabis FAQs below! If your question is not answered here, please contact us, drop us an email at or give us a call at 978-487-7100.

General Questions

In Massachusetts, yes! In November 2016, Massachusetts voters approved ballot question 4, legalizing recreational cannabis use for individuals 21 years or older.

Cannabis has not been analyzed by the FDA. There is limited information on side effects and there may be health risks associated with using cannabis.

Yes, all cannabis sold at Gage must pass through screenings for contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and harmful microbes. All cannabis products are also tested for potency.

You are permitted to travel with cannabis utilizing the guidelines below as long as you remain within mainland Massachusetts. Cannabis cannot be transported across state lines or across federal land or waters.

Like alcohol, you can not have an open container of adult-use cannabis or cannabis products in the passenger area of your vehicle while on the road or at a place where the public has access. An “open container” includes a package with its seal broken or a package from which the contents have been partially removed. The “passenger area” does not include a trunk or a locked glove compartment. Driving while under the influence of cannabis is prohibited by M.G.L. c. 90, s. 24 and other machinery should not be operated.

You can purchase up to one ounce of cannabis, of which no more than 5 grams can be concentrate, per visit.

You can have on your person up to one ounce of cannabis. No more than 5 grams of cannabis may be in the form of a concentrate. You can have up to 10 ounces of cannabis and any cannabis produced by plants cultivated on the premises in your home.

Any amount above one ounce must be secured by a lock. Cannabis should be kept away from children at all times.

Absolutely! As long as you are at least 21 years of age, you can grow up to six plants in your home. If there’s more than one person over 21 living in your home who wants to grow, there can be a maximum of 12 plants in the home. Make sure the plants are grown in an area that has a lock or security device and that the plants are not visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids. Additionally, you can’t manufacture cannabis at home by means of any liquid or gas other than alcohol that has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

No, only licensed dispensaries can sell cannabis. In Massachusetts, this is a punishable offense that may result in payment of a fine and/or imprisonment.

The main difference between adult-use and medical marijuana is that medical marijuana patients must have a qualifying medical condition, a doctor’s recommendation, and a state-issued medical marijuana card in order to purchase from medical marijuana dispensaries. Adult-use cannabis can be purchased by anyone over the age of 21 with a valid ID.

Visiting Gage

Gage Cannabis Co. is a premium adult-use cannabis retailer in Ayer, Massachusetts with a mission to provide customers with a diverse selection of the best cannabis and cannabis-infused products available in Massachusetts. As a locally owned and operated company, Gage strives to do this in a manner that is respectful of the community, its staff, its customers, and the plant itself.

Anyone over the age of 21 with a valid ID is welcome to shop at Gage.

The name Gage plays homage to a nickname for cannabis used in the jazz community of the early 1900’s. During this time, cannabis was commonly used in over-the-counter medicines and industrial applications as it had not yet been dubbed a “weed from the devil’s garden” by the decades of propaganda that would soon come. We aim to capture this point in time where cannabis use was widely accepted, because as Louis Armstrong put it, “Gage ain’t nothing but medicine.”

Sure! As long as you are at least 21 years of age and have a valid ID, you are welcome to shop with us.

Gage does not accept medical marijuana patients. You must be 21+ to shop at Gage. Our sister dispensary, Central Ave Compassionate Care is located just one mile down the road and serves exclusively registered medical patients. Visit for more information.

No, appointments are not required to visit Gage.

When you arrive, simply approach the front door and one of our friendly team members will verify your ID. Then we will welcome you into our dispensary retail floor where you will be greeted by one of our knowledgeable dispensary team members. Feel free to browse around our retail store and check out our product displays, apparel and accessories. When you’re ready to check out, join the line and we will be happy to assist you from there.

Please visit our contact page for current hours.

Yes, we do! Please visit our contact page for current hours.

Please bring a valid form of ID, and cash or a debit card for payment.

We accept cash and debit cards through our cashless ATM system. Debit cards are subject to a $3 fee.

No, we do not offer delivery at this time.

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Some Background and History

The beginning of medical marijuana in Massachusetts started on November 4, 2008 when it was decriminalized in the state. Voters in the Commonwealth passed The Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative making the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a non-criminal offense but allowed for a fine of $100. (Additionally, minors must participate in an approved drug awareness program.) Before decriminalization, individuals charged faced up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. 

Four years later, Massachusetts became the 18th state to allow medical use of marijuana. On November 6, 2012, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative (“Question 3”) was sanctioned with 63% of the vote. The law eliminated criminal and civil penalties for the possession and use of up to a 60-day supply of up to 10 ounces of marijuana for Massachusetts residents who possess a state issued registration card, having first received written certification from their doctor for having life debilitating conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, glaucoma, ALS, Parkinsons, Crohns, Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis C, as well as other conditions such as pain, anxiety, depression and PTSD. 

After the law passed, several towns voted to ban dispensaries. Eventually, Attorney General Martha M. Coakley ruled that bans would conflict with the law and that towns could only regulate the dispensaries, not officially forbid them. Some towns responded with zoning restrictions intent on making compliance nearly impossible in an effort to discourage operators.

Looking for Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts?

Visit Central Ave Care, our non-profit Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensary committed to providing the best quality cannabis and cannabis infused products to registered medical marijuana patients.

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