Recreational Marijuana will be legal in Massachusetts from Dec 15

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on December 16, 2016.

Recreational marijuana law will come into effect in Massachusetts on Dec 15. A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin announced last week that the Nov.8 ballot results will be certified in time by the Governor’s Council, and the new law will be legal on Dec 15.

 According to the new measure, which was approved by the state voters 54 percent to 46 percent on Nov.8, people above 21 or older can now possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside a home and up to ten ounces inside a home. A single individual may cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants for personal use, and up to 12 plants per household are allowed if more than one adult lives on the premises.

Nonetheless, there will be limits on where Massachusetts residents can light up or eat a pot brownie. Using marijuana will remain prohibited in public places. In addition, smoking marijuana will be a violation of the law to smoke marijuana where smoking tobacco is prohibited.

Marijuana accessories such as bongs, pipes, growing lamps, etc. will also become legal for purchase and sale on Thursday. Accessories are defined by the ballot measure as equipment, products, and devices of any kind that are intended or designed for use in growing, storing, processing, ingesting, and inhaling marijuana.

However, recreational marijuana cannot be sold in any form in the state without a retail license. It is illegal to sell marijuana except to registered medical marijuana patients, and will remain so for at least a year until the marijuana shops are licensed and regulated.

A Marijuana Control Commission, which is yet to be named, will be responsible for issuing retail licenses.

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