Residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are starting to celebrate as cannabis officially became legal to smoke, grow, and possess for adults over the age of 21 as of December 15, 2016. While there are some nuances to the 25-page law that have the industry being highly regulated, other elements of the law are very relaxed and surely will have marijuana aficionados happy.
One of the most progressive elements of the law is the growing aspect, which allows for individual adults to grow up to 6 plants each and for there to be up to 12 plants allowed in a home. With that many plants, a grower should be able to produce upwards of 12 pounds of cannabis, depending on the skill of the grower and wattage of lights.
As far as retail cannabis, people are going to have to wait at least a year before there are licenses issued for retailers to begin selling marijuana. The commonwealth has made plans that licenses will not be granted for a year, which could expand to as long as 18 months. There is also provisions that there will need to be regulatory bodies created for licensing, which will be overseen by the state treasurer.
Another interesting element to the new law is that public consumption is illegal where tobacco is also illegal, but there is plenty of room for individual businesses may be able to allow consumption. This is good news for new types of businesses to emerge like smoking lounges or bars that allow cannabis. You may end up having a place to do dabs in a lounge with friends some day.
It would seem as though the fastest way to get cannabis in Massachusetts if you are not a medical patient, is going to be growing your own. While cultivation is not the most economical solution for the casual smoker, it can be a rewarding experience and gives you maximum control over you stash.
No matter how you slice it, this is a big step forward for cannabis legalization activists and should be celebrated. As more states continue the push march toward legalization, we will get plenty of data on how this affects usage rates and other indicators being pointed toward as potential problems.
For now, all adults in Massachusetts over the age of 21