What do you need to know about marijuana in Massachusetts?

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

The topic of recreational marijuana use has been one of interest for decades across the United States. In more recent years, many states have enacted laws that make it legal for individuals to use this substance recreationally. Massachusetts is one of these states, but that does not mean there is a free-for-all with regards to purchasing, possessing and using marijuana.

Much like alcohol purchases and consumption, rules apply to who can use recreational marijuana and where. As a result, if you are thinking about partaking, it is essential that you understand the stipulations under which you can use this substance legally. If you do not, you could end up facing criminal charges.

An overview of state marijuana laws

First, it is important to know that marijuana laws vary from state to state. Though Massachusetts allows recreational use under certain circumstances, if you purchase the substance in the state, you cannot legally take it out of state or use it in a state that does not permit recreational use. Second, even if you legally purchased marijuana and cross into a state in which recreational use is legal, you could still face charge for crossing state lines with the substance due to federal laws.

Other important details to consider before buying or using include the following:

  • You must be at least 21 years old to purchase or use marijuana.
  • You must present a valid ID when attempting to make a purchase from a dispensary.
  • There is a maximum limit of one ounce of flower or five grams of concentrate per purchase.
  • In public, the maximum amount you can possess is the same as the amounts for a single purchase.
  • In your private residence, you may have up to 10 ounces of marijuana in your possession.
  • You cannot have an open container of marijuana in public or in your vehicle.

Whether you are a resident or visiting from out of state, not knowing the regulations for purchasing, possessing and using marijuana is no excuse for breaking the law in the eyes of police. If authorities suspect that you have not followed the stipulations associated with recreational marijuana use, you could face criminal charges that lead to fines or even jail time. As a result, staying up to date on these regulations and understanding the legalities before participating in recreational use could prevent a serious predicament in the future.