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November 15, 2018

Understanding Marijuana Laws in MA:

On the horizon of recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, it is important to acknowledge that limitations still exist to the use of marijuana and cannabis products. Here are some basics about the law:

Those under 21 years of age are not allowed to be in possession of recreational marijuana, marijuana products, or marijuana accessories in any capacity. Those 21 or older can legally use marijuana, however there are stipulations to the law:

  • It is illegal to use marijuana in any form (smoking, vaping, edibles, etc) in a public space or on federal land
  • You can have up to 1 oz on you and up to 10 oz in your home
  • You can grow up to 6 plants in your home, but up to 12 plants for 2 or more adults
  • If you have more than 1 oz of marijuana in your home, it has to be locked up
  • Employers, landlord, cities, and towns may have their own policies about marijuana use

It is also illegal to operate, navigate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle, train, aircraft, motorboat, or other form of transport while impaired by marijuana. As it is illegal to drive or operate under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the same laws apply to marijuana. Additionally, you cannot have an open container of any form of marijuana in the passenger area of your car while on the road or in a location where the public has access. Legally, it must be stored in a closed container in your trunk or a locked glove compartment.

It is still important to understand that there can be significant legal consequences should there be a violation to the law, and it’s always best to consult with a lawyer should you have questions or specific concerns.

For more basic information regarding marijuana laws in Massachusetts, please visit the website of the Cannabis Control Commission. However, if you are looking for legal advice or need representation, please call the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 617- 742- 0625 or connect with an area attorney online today.