Like many states across the U.S., Massachusetts legalized marijuana in 2016. While it has taken a while for recreational marijuana shops to open, a handful are finally ready to open their doors this month. The original target date of January 1, 2018 came and went, as did the July 1 date, and no stores were cleared to open. Many communities throughout the state delayed the appearance of pot shops through a variety of tactics, including zoning restrictions and moratoriums. As of November 2018, however, shops are poised to finally open their doors to the public. Let’s take a look at what is legal (and what is not) when it comes to marijuana use in Massachusetts.
What is Legal
Under Massachusetts state law, you can carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana on your person and have up to 10 ounces at home. However, if you have more than 1 ounce at home, state law requires you to keep it locked up in order to protect children or pets from accidentally ingesting it. Additionally, you can grow up to 6 marijuana plants in your home, or up to 12 plants for two or more adults.
Illegal Marijuana Use
Of course, there are still laws in place to regulate the use of recreational marijuana. You cannot use marijuana in any form (including smoking, vaping, edibles, or other means) in public or on federally-owned land. It is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. If you are caught, you could face severe penalties, including jail time or steep fines. Like alcohol, you cannot have an open container of marijuana near you while you are driving your vehicle. Instead, store it in the trunk or your locked glove compartment. If police discover more than 1 ounce or marijuana in your possession or over 10 ounces in your home, you can face drug charges.
Play it Safe
Your employer, landlord, or town may have unique policies on marijuana use. It is best to restrict the use of marijuana to your home, where you can enjoy it responsibly. If you find yourself facing drug crimes charges, you need effective and aggressive criminal defense representation as soon as possible. Call Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law at (413) 256-6234 today to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney who will fight for your freedom.