Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana, and this week, that law took effect. Although the celebrations have begun, it doesn’t mean you can walk out and buy some weed. If you want recreational marijuana first, you’ll need to grow it.
Legal, but not Available
Massachusetts Question 4 went into effect earlier this week, but sadly, many people will not be able to celebrate properly. Legal marijuana will not be available to adults 21 and over for at least a year. (If you're under 21, there's $100 fine.) This means, unless you are already smoking marijuana, you may not be able to start for a while.
Most Massachusetts adults will have to wait for stores to open before they can enjoy their new benefits. That means waiting for retail licenses and plants to grow and be harvested.
Home Growing Starts Now
There is another option. Adults 21 and older can grow their weed now and enjoy it before Spring. While the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security updates the police, these lucky pioneers will be enjoying the harvest of up to six plants.
There are, of course, some rules. A household can only have 12 plants, even though it is 6 plants per person. The plants must also be grown at home, not at someone else’s home or in a storage area. Plus, you must keep your plants out of site.
As lawmakers work out all the details, it’s a good idea to get your seeds planted now. There are some proposals to change the home cultivation rules, which currently do not mention where seeds can come from.
First on the East Coast
Since DC isn’t actually a state, Massachusetts is now the first East Coast state to allow recreational home growing. Nevada will become state number 7 on January 1st. Maine is doing a recount to make sure.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the only marijuana law Massachusetts is first in. In 1914, it became the first state to prohibit marijuana. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano celebrated the Bay State’s progress, saying, “After more than a century of this failed policy, it is time to bring prohibition to an end in Massachusetts.”
We couldn’t agree more.
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