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Cannabis Best Practices in MA

By LucidaClub

While res­i­dents can pur­chase cannabis for med­ical rea­sons, is Mass­a­chu­setts recre­ation­al cannabis legal as well. Here’s what we know.

Cannabis is grad­u­al­ly being legal­ized all around the world, mind you, in dif­fer­ent lev­els. In the states, we see med­i­c­i­nal cannabis legal­ized wide­ly, while recre­ation­al usage still strug­gling to become the norm. But it’s only a mat­ter of time before it’s legal in all forms. Is cannabis legal in Mass­a­chu­setts? Yes!

When did Cannabis become legal in Massachusetts

The first shop in Mass­a­chu­setts, that sold recre­ation­al cannabis, opened on Novem­ber 20, 2018. In fact, two loca­tions in Mass­a­chu­setts opened on the very same day. As time went by, and still mov­ing for­ward today, more and more shops opened state-wide. It was a game chang­er for those who wished to try cannabis for the first time, or even those who desired an expe­ri­ence with an old hob­by’. His­to­ry in Mass­a­chu­setts was made that day.

But imme­di­ate­ly rules were put into place for pur­chas­ing recre­ation­al cannabis. Imple­ment­ing laws for usage of cannabis was nec­es­sary. Although cannabis has many great prop­er­ties, it must be used in mod­er­a­tion. As with all things, there are safe­ty aspects to keep in mind. With, under­stand­ing the legal aspects of recre­ation­al weed is important.

You have be 21 years or old­er to buy cannabis in Massachusetts.

Stick to the rules

Remem­ber that we are liv­ing in new times with new laws and reg­u­la­tions. Cops do not search for peo­ple with cannabis with a view to charg­ing you. Most like­ly you have a tail light out or any oth­er non-cannabis rea­son for a rou­tine traf­fic stop.

If you are not using cannabis in the car, under the influ­ence, or have an open con­tain­er’ you are with­in your rights.

It’s ille­gal to dri­ve while under the influ­ence of cannabis. Take pub­lic trans­porta­tion, con­tact a ride-share, or catch a lift with a sober friend.

Keep­ing your cannabis locked in the trunk is a great option. 

Do not cross any state lines with cannabis in the car. 

Imag­ine your exit pack­ag­ing from the store, like a pur­chased liquor bot­tle. Treat it the same. If you open the bot­tle of liquor, you are now break­ing the law. Keep your cannabis pur­chased sealed/​stapled and closed until you are home.

Just like alco­hol, it’s ille­gal to have an open con­tain­er of any form of cannabis in the pas­sen­ger area of a car. An indi­vid­ual may receive a civ­il penal­ty of up to $500 for hav­ing an open con­tain­er of cannabis in the pas­sen­ger area of a vehi­cle while on the road or at a place where the pub­lic has access. Store cannabis in a closed con­tain­er and place it in your trunk or a locked glove compartment. 

How much cannabis can you have 

If you have less than 28grams of cannabis and under 5 grams of con­cen­trate, as long as you did not vis­it two stores and make two pur­chas­es at max­i­mum allot­ment, you are with­in your rights.

You may have up to 10 ounces at home. If you have more than one ounce of cannabis in your home, it must be locked in a secure place. In fact, it’s best to lock away all cannabis-based prod­ucts in child­proof pack­ag­ing to keep kids and pets safe. 

Near­ly there

You can­not use cannabis in any form, includ­ing smok­ing, vap­ing, or eat­ing in pub­lic places or on Fed­er­al land.

You can­not send cannabis by mail, even to states and coun­tries where cannabis use is legal. 

If you rent, your land­lord can­not be pun­ished for allow­ing cannabis use on the property

You can share or gift cannabis to anoth­er adult 21 years of age or old­er, but you may not SELL cannabis in any way.

Look­ing for more infor­ma­tion about the laws, take a look here.