When Massachusetts voters legalized recreational cannabis last year, excitement rippled up and down the East Coast. Now, as long as you’re 21 years old or over, you can smoke, vape, eat, and dab cannabis in Massachusetts, no matter where you come from. But the question of how to purchase legal weed in Massachusetts remains.
Massachusetts may have been the 1st Eastern state to legalize recreational cannabis, but hang-ups in the process are affecting the rollout of legal retail sales. This guide explains everything about the new marijuana laws and how to buy legal weed in Massachusetts.
About Recreational Cannabis Laws in Massachusetts
If you are in the state of Massachusetts, laws let you have up to 1 ounce of dried flower and 5 grams of hash or concentrates on your person.
In a private residence, the limits are relatively high. You can stash 10 ounces and grow up to 6 plants without penalty. And of course, you can gift any or all of that, including seeds and clones, to anyone else 21 years old and over.
So hopefully, if you are traveling to MA to enjoy the newly legal weed situation, you know someone who can gift you some herbs; because it’s still illegal to sell marijuana in Massachusetts.
And unfortunately, according to lawmakers in the state, regulations for legal retail sales are not likely to be in place before July 2018. It’s the usual story regarding regulations and licenses. But MA has been particularly slow at putting policies in place, to the displeasure of many pro-cannabis residents.
But there is still a way that you can purchase legal weed in Massachusetts. You will just need to have a medical marijuana recommendation letter and a state ID. But if you are a visitor, buying legal recreational cannabis isn’t quite possible yet.
How to Buy Cannabis in Massachusetts Once Sales Are Legal
Once recreational sales are allowed, licensed businesses will be able to buy and sell weed to anyone with an ID proving they’re up to 21 years old.
These retail locations are not open to the public right now. And to purchase legal marijuana in a dispensary, you need a recommendation from a doctor and a Massachusetts ID.
However, you just need a form of government ID to possess, share and consume marijuana. And when retail shops open next year, the requirements won’t change.
Right now, there are no restrictions on the type of marijuana products retail stores can sell. So when recreational sales begin, expect stores to be fully stocked with transdermal products, seeds, edibles, concentrates, and of course a variety of sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains. Dab rigs are also likely to be hugely famous among the rec crowd.
Where Can You Enjoy Your Legal Cannabis?
You can consume cannabis only in a private residence. Massachusetts is fairly strict on this matter. There’s no allowance for social smoking, or smoking anywhere in public places, especially near schools. National parks are also a no-smoke zone since they’re federal land.
There are, of course, discreet ways to get high like eating edibles and vaping if you want to take your cannabis experience out on the town with you. Public use and possession fines can go as high as $500, though, so puff wisely. And of course, never smoke weed in your car or drive around high. It’s very illegal!
Final Hit: How to Buy Legal Weed in Massachusetts
- Live in Massachusetts and have 1 of the qualifying conditions to get a medical cannabis card.
- Wait until July 2018, when state lawmakers project legal recreational weed sales will (finally) begin.
We’re rooting for you, Massachusetts!