BOSTON (WWLP) – Get ready. Beginning on Thursday, Massachusetts adults can legally use marijuana for recreational purposes. The Governor’s Council certified the November ballot results, but not without a debate.
Councilor Jennie Caissie said she cannot support certifying the results of the recreational marijuana ballot question at a time when the state is battling a deadly opioid crisis. She said, “I can’t stand here and say I will certify a vote to put more drugs on the streets of Massachusetts.”
The new law allows adults ages 21 and up to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their homes. It will be illegal to use pot in public and to sell the drug without a license.
“If we’re concerned about kids, which we are, and kids can buy it now in any city or town, any high school in this Commonwealth, why wouldn’t we do something that regulated it,” asked Councilor Robert Jubinville.
The recreational marijuana law also allows adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, with a cap of twelve plants per household. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
Once the law kicks in on Thursday, Massachusetts will become the first state on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana.