This Thursday, December 15, Massachusetts will be the sixth state to officially legalize recreational use of marijuana. Despite the legalization, there are still some rules and regulations to remember once December 15 arrives. Below is a guide to what you can and can’t do starting Thursday:
You will now be able to possess and carry up to 10 ounces of marijuana. You can also grow up to 12 plants for your own use in your private residence
Bongs, pipes, hitters, growing lights and more will be available to purchase legally. Basically, any thing that you need to assist you in smoking, cooking, inhaling, growing, grinding and store your green is cool.
Selling weed in a retail environment will remain illegal until after January 2018, and lawmakers are discussing delaying that date to allow more time to create a regulatory framework for the new industry. It will remain illegal to sell green without a licence so all you street vendors will still be risking jail time.
Possess, grow, or use marijuana if you are under the age of 21
Just like alcohol, Massachusetts law prohibits marijuana use by people under 21 years of age.
Drive under the influence of marijuana
Current Massachusetts law, which prohibits operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, is not affected by the ballot measure legalizing marijuana.
Smoke on campus (most likely)
Sorry kids, there’s no smoking or having deep conversations in the quad for you. Just like grade school and high school campuses, colleges are usually considered drug free zones. While the laws don’t specifically prohibit use on college campuses, most likely colleges will enact their own rules in attempts to limit use.
Smoke marijuana or consume edibles in public
Just as it’s illegal in Mass. to consume alcohol in public, it will continue to be illegal to consume marijuana in public places.
Similarly, you can’t have an open container or package in your car
Open packages must be kept in a trunk or locked glove compartment.
Smoke marijuana where smoking is prohibited
You won’t be able to light up a joint in a bar or restaurant, or anywhere else where smoking tobacco is not allowed.