§ 1 Definitions
§ 2 Establishment of schedules of drugs or other controlled substances
§ 2A Temporary placement of substance in schedule I
§ 3 Findings required for placement in schedules
§ 4 Exceptions from schedules
§ 5 Dispensing controlled substances excepted under Sec. 4
§ 6 Rules and regulations
§ 6A Licensure of certain corporate entities with patients receiving opioid agonist therapy; best practice guidance for practitioners
§ 7 Registration of persons who manufacture, distribute, dispense or possess controlled substances
§ 7A Registration as participant in prescription monitoring program
§ 8 Research projects and studies
§ 9 Administering and dispensing of controlled substances in course of professional practice; records, inspection
§ 10 Separate registration
§ 11 Inspection of establishments of registrants or applicants
§ 12 Issuance of registration to manufacture or distribute controlled substances
§ 13 Suspension or revocation of registration; report of criminal violations; controlled substances affected placed under embargo; forfeiture; notice to bureau
§ 14 Suspension of or refusal to renew registration pending proceedings in cases of imminent danger to public
§ 15 Record-keeping and inventory requirements; filing of DEA Form 106 with city, town and state police departments upon discovery of theft or loss of controlled substance
§ 16 Distribution between registrants; order form
§ 17 Necessity of prescription for dispensing controlled substances
§ 18 Issuance of prescription by practitioner or physician
§ 18A Prerequisites for issuing outpatient extended-release long-acting opioid in a non-abuse deterring form; written pain management treatment plan for long-term pain management
§ 18B Voluntary non-opiate directive form
§ 18C Patient education required before issuance of opioid prescription
§ 19 Prescription; restrictions on issuance
§ 19A Emergency contraception
§ 19B Dispensing, possessing and administrating opioid antagonist
§ 19B 1/2 Exchange of naloxone or other opioid antagonist between registered entities
§ 19C High opiate overdose area pharmacies required to maintain continuous supply of naloxone rescue kits or opioid antagonist medications
§ 19D Supply limitations for opiate prescriptions; exception for palliative care
§ 20 Oral prescriptions
§ 20A Radiopharmaceutical drugs
§ 21 Packaging and labeling by pharmacist filling prescription; distribution of educational pamphlet
§ 21A Prescriptions; prospective drug review and counseling by pharmacist
§ 21B Advertisement and sale of prescription lock boxes by pharmacies
§ 22 Contents of prescription written by practitioner
§ 23 Written or electronic prescriptions; requirements and restrictions
§ 24 Dispensing by practitioner for narcotic drug research or treatment of drug dependent persons
§ 24A Electronic monitoring of the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances and certain additional drugs
§ 24B Mean and median quantity and volume of prescriptions for opiates; notification of practitioner’s own percentile ranking
§ 25 Restrictions
§ 26 Distribution in course of business in violation of Sec. 16 or furnishing false information in application, etc., prohibited
§ 27 Sale of hypodermic syringes or hypodermic needles
§ 27A Collection and disposal of spent non-commercially generated hypodermic needles and lancets
§ 28 Jurisdiction of superior court
§ 29 Educational programs for prevention of abuse of controlled substances
§ 30 Administrative inspection of controlled premises
§ 31 Classes of controlled substances; establishment of criminal penalties for violations of this chapter
§ 32 Class A controlled substances; unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to manufacture, etc.; eligibility for parole
§ 32A Class B controlled substances; unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to manufacture, etc.
§ 32B Class C controlled substances; unlawful manufacturer, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to manufacture, etc.
§ 32C Class D controlled substances; unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, cultivation or possession with intent to manufacture, etc.
§ 32D Class E controlled substances; unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or possession with intent to manufacture, etc.
§ 32E Trafficking in marihuana, cocaine, heroin, synthetic opioids, morphine, opium, etc.; eligibility for parole
§ 32F Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to manufacture, etc. of controlled substances in Classes A to C to minors
§ 32G Counterfeit substances; unlawful creation, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to distribute or dispense
§ 32H Prosecutions not to be continued or placed on file; suspension or reduction of sentence; eligibility for parole, etc.
§ 32H 1/2 Good behavior deductions from sentence after serving mandatory minimum term of imprisonment; eligibility; parole; work release
§ 32I Drug paraphernalia; sale, possession or manufacture with intent to sell; penalty; sale of tobacco rolling papers
§ 32J Controlled substances violations in, on or near school property or public parks or playgrounds
§ 32K Inducing or abetting minor to distribute or sell controlled substances
§ 32L Possession of 2 ounces or less of marihuana; civil penalty and forfeiture; other sanctions or disqualifications prohibited
§ 32M Possession of 2 ounces or less of marihuana; drug awareness program
§ 32N Possession of one ounce or less of marihuana; enforcement consistent with non-criminal disposition provisions of Sec. 21D of Chapter 40; duty of police department; notice; failure to file certificate of completion of drug awareness program
§ 33 Unlawful use of registration numbers in manufacture or distribution, or fraudulently obtaining possession, of controlled substances; criminal penalties
§ 34 Unlawful possession of particular controlled substances, including heroin and marijuana; lawful possessing, storing, analyzing, processing and testing of medical marijuana and medical marijuana-infused products by laboratories exception
§ 34A Immunity from prosecution under Sec. 34 or finding of violation of condition of probation, pretrial release or parole for persons seeking medical assistance for self or other experiencing drug-related overdose
§ 36 Protective custody of children found present where controlled substances are unlawfully kept or possessed
§ 37 Theft of controlled substances from persons authorized to dispense or possess
§ 38 Violation of Secs. 24(a), 25, 26 or 27
§ 39 Violation of Secs. 21 or 22
§ 40 Conspiracy
§ 41 Arrest without warrant
§ 42 Cooperation with federal and other state agencies
§ 43 Conformity with federal acts
§ 44 Violations of Sec. 34; acquittal, dismissal or indictment nol prossed; sealing of records
§ 45 Photographing and fingerprinting of persons charged with felony
§ 47 Forfeiture of property
§ 47A Seized controlled substances and narcotic drugs; custodian; mailing for chemical analysis; destruction or disposal upon completion of trial
§ 48 Severability
§ 49 Enforcement of Sec. 24A

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 94C

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • designed for use: shall mean the use a reasonable person would ascribe to an item based on the design and features of said item. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 94C sec. 1
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • in the course of professional practice: as used in this chapter , provided, that federal approval, if such approval is required by federal law, is obtained prior to the initiation of such a program, and satisfactory evidence of such approval is submitted to the commissioner. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 94C sec. 8
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Judgement: The official decision of a court finally determining the respective rights and claims of the parties to a suit.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • primarily intended for use: shall mean the likely use which may be ascribed to an item by a reasonable person. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 94C sec. 1
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Production: includes the manufacture, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting of a controlled substance. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 94C sec. 1
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States other than Massachusetts includes any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession thereof, and any area subject to the legal authority of the United States of America. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 94C sec. 1
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.