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.
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:
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: