Massachusetts marijuana: What’s legal?What’s not?

Marijuana in Massachusetts is legal for people that are 21 years old and older, but it’s not that simple. There are laws and regulations limiting where you can smoke it and how much you can have or grow. For the basics, we pulled information from Mass.gov’s site, and listed them here:

“You can’t use marijuana in any form (smoking, vaping, edibles, etc.) in public or on federal land.”

For more on this law, here’s an excerpt from The Cannabis Control Commission:

“No, you cannot smoke adult use marijuana in a place where you are prohibited from smoking tobacco and you cannot consume adult use marijuana in a public place. The civil penalty is up to $100. See Penalties for Violations. Cities and towns may pass bylaws or ordinances authorizing exceptions in certain areas for social consumption.”

“You can have up to 1 oz on you and up to 10 oz in your home.”

For more on this law, here’s an excerpt from The Cannabis Control Commission:

“In your home, you may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana and any marijuana produced by plants cultivated on the premises. Any amount of marijuana or marijuana products over one ounce kept within your place of residence must be secured by a lock.  Failure to keep marijuana and marijuana products in excess of one ounce locked up within the home may be punished by a civil penalty of up to $100 and forfeiture of the marijuana.”

“You can grow up to 6 plants in your home, and up to 12 plants for 2 or more adults.”

For more on this law, here’s an excerpt from The Cannabis Control Commission:

“Yes. The law allows an individual over 21 years of age to grow up to six plants in their home. If there are other individuals over 21 years of age living in the residence who wish to grow, the maximum number of plants that may be grown in a residence is 12 plants. The plants must be grown in an area that is equipped with a lock or security device. The plants cannot be visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids. An individual cannot produce cannabis-based extracts or concentrates at home by means of any liquid or gas, other than alcohol, that has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. See Home Cultivation and Manufacturing.”

“If you have more than 1 oz of marijuana in your home, it has to be locked up. But it’s best to keep any amount locked away to keep kids and pets safe.”

“Like alcohol, you can’t have an open container of any form of marijuana in the passenger area of your car while on the road or at a place where the public has access. It must be stored in a closed container in your trunk or a locked glove compartment.”

“It’s illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. If you use, don’t get behind the wheel. Instead, use public transportation, ride-shares, or catch a ride with a sober friend.”

For more on this law, here’s an excerpt from The Cannabis Control Commission:

“Like alcohol, you may not have an open container of adult-use marijuana/marijuana products in the passenger area of your car while on the road or at a place where the public has access. An “open container” includes a package with its seal broken or a package from which the contents have been partially removed. The “passenger area” does not include a trunk or a locked glove compartment. The 2017 Act does not change the existing penalties for operating a car if you are impaired by the use of marijuana or marijuana products. You are strictly prohibited from consuming marijuana while operating a car. For specific information, see MGL c.90 § 24.”

“Employers, landlords, cities, and towns may have their own policies about the use of marijuana. Check with them to see what is legal.”

 

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