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Dec 13, 2016 12:10 PM

Massachusetts Recreational Weed Law to Take Effect on Time

Last week, there were fears that the official tally of the Nov. 8 vote on Massachusetts' recreational marijuana initiative would not be completed on time. But according to a recent statement of a spokesman for William F. Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of State, the results of the vote will be submitted for certification on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Therefore, the measure approved by Massachusetts voters is poised to take effect on Dec. 15, as planned.

Recreational cannabis in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters supported two of the four measures proposed on the November ballot, including the one on the adult use of marijuana. It made the Bay State one of the eight states with legalized recreational cannabis. According to the new law, adults over 21 will be allowed to:

  • Possess up to one ounce of weed outside their home.
  • Have up to ten ounces of weed in possession inside their houses.
  • Grow up to six cannabis plants (up to 12 plants for households with more than one adult resident).

Massachusetts Voters Approved Recreational Marijuana Initiative
Massachusetts Voters Approved Recreational Marijuana Initiative
Massachusetts has now become the first state in the eastern part of the country to legally permit adult use of cannabis. After the Tuesday’s approval, the state, together with California, Maine, and Nevada, has joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington that currently use marijuana recreationally.

Recreational marijuana sales are expected to begin in 2018. Until then, it is illegal to sell and purchase weed for recreational purposes. On the other hand, the new law allows adults 21 and older to gift no more than one ounce of cannabis to other adults. In order to buy weed from medical marijuana dispensaries, a person still needs to have a valid medical cannabis card.

There are also a few things that will remain forbidden even after the legal recreational marijuana measure takes effect:

  • You cannot possess any amounts of cannabis on school grounds.
  • You cannot consume weed on any federal properties.
  • You cannot drive under the cannabis influence.
  • You cannot transport marijuana across state lines or send it via U.S. mail.
  • You cannot use marijuana in public, except the places where tobacco smoking is allowed.

Massachusetts Professor Creates App for Stoned Drivers
Massachusetts Professor Creates App for Stoned Drivers
After Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis, the state police have begun to consider devices for identifying drugged drivers. Michael Milburn, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, has developed a special mobile app for testing weed impairment.

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