Supporters of marijuana legalization celebrate at State House

Legalization went into effect as scheduled after ballot results were certified.

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts is the first state on the East Coast to legalize recreational marijuana. To celebrate, people were seen giving out marijuana and marijuana seeds on the State House steps.

The recreational marijuana law took effect in Massachusetts on Thursday, allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their homes. It’s illegal to use the drug in public and to sell marijuana without a license. Massachusetts voters passed the ballot measure by a 54-46 margin.

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About one dozen people celebrated the new law on the State House steps on Thursday. Ellen Brown, who supported legalization, was seen holding a handful of marijuana without any concerns. “I actually got that here,” she told 22News. “We’re just passing out cannabis. We’re showing that it’s legal and we’re showing that we can do it peacefully and there are no problems.”

The new law also allows adults to grow up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use.