Recreational marijuana legalization is now underway in the state of Massachusetts, whose citizens voted in favor of the legislation in the most recent election. This is great news for cannabis fans on the East Coast, but things will not be perfect at first. Despite the fact that possession of marijuana is now allowed, licensed recreational dispensaries will not open for at least another year. This means you can have pot – you just can’t buy it yet. What else do you need to know about legal weed in Massachusetts? Read on to find out!
How Much Pot Can You Have?
Citizens of the state of Massachusetts over the age of 21 are now able to possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis in their homes, and up to one ounce outside of the home (if in a vehicle, it needs to be securely contained). Having more than the allotted amount can result in fines. When it comes to home growns, individuals may have six plants. That number doubles to 12 if more than one person lives in the dwelling. People under the age of 21 may not possess any cannabis and may be fined if caught.
Where Can You Get It?
Right now – nowhere (unless you’re a medical patient). The new law calls for the creation of a three-member Cannabis Control Commission within the state government, to be overseen by the state treasurer. It will take several months for the commission to form and begin reviewing applications for retail pot shops. Retail shops will not open until January 1st, 2018. So even though residents can now carry weed, there’s no where to legally buy it. Keep this in mind before waltzing about with a quarter in your pocket.
Weed in the Workplace
Many people assume that just because cannabis is legal in their state that they do not need to submit to drug tests at work. This is not the case in Massachusetts. Employers can still request drug tests of potential hires and test people who may have been involved in workplace accidents. Failing a drug test, even if it’s only for cannabis, can still result in the revocation of employment offers or loss of your current job.
Remember that it’s still illegal to drive while under the influence, and residents of other states may not take cannabis out of Massachusetts. While there are not any state-specific pot tourism listings as of yet, they are guaranteed to start springing up – especially when recreational stores open on January 1st, 2018.