Concerns about driving safety accompany new marijuana laws

The law allows for a 12 percent tax on marijuana, which many people feel will be beneficial for the state

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting December 15th, it will be legal for adults in Massachusetts to buy, own, and use up to an ounce of marijuana. Adults can also grow up to six cannabis plants of their own.

The law allows for a 12 percent tax on marijuana, which many people feel will be beneficial for the state.

Tom Baker of Amherst told 22News, “Now we can regulate and we can get some money for the town and the state.”

Alexandra Kamyk of Westfield told 22News, “I hear good things about what’s going on in Colorado, as far as the revenue and all of that, so I think this is a step in the right direction.”

Now that Massachusetts voters have approved the use of recreational marijuana, several people told 22News they are concerned about people getting high and then getting behind the wheel.

Miguel Herrera of Chicopee told 22News, “A lot of people start smoking and then they start driving and it’s going to be a hazard for everyone.”

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito told 22News just days ago during her visit to western Massachusetts, something needs to be done to safeguard the public from people driving under the influence of marijuana.

Polito said, “There are public safety concerns. Obviously, technology will come at some point to be able to test drivers who are under the influence of marijuana. That doesn’t exist now.”

As of right now, there is no firm date set for when the law will be changed in order to deal with motor vehicle marijuana offenses.

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