Residents concerned about regulations on recreational marijuana

Massachusetts can't even begin selling marijuana until 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts residents will soon be able to legally possess pot. In a little over a month, Massachusetts adults will be able to legally possess pot and get high, as long as they’re at least 21 years old.

The passage of ballot question four now allows for a twelve percent tax on marijuana, and it will now be legal to buy, possess, and use up to an ounce of marijuana starting December 15th.

Adults can now grow up to six cannabis plants of their own, but there’s currently no law to check each house to make sure adults are within that limit, which brings up the larger issue of how state lawmakers plan to implement and enforce the new law.

Tom Baker, an Amherst resident, told 22News: “I would say the war on drugs has been a huge failure, so now they can regulate and perhaps get money for the town and state as well.”

The bill calls for regulation along the lines of alcohol, but there are concerns over how lawmakers will regulate edible products, which can be more concentrated than smoking weed.

Massachusetts can’t even begin selling marijuana until 2018.

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