Each package of edibles must not contain more than 20 individual servings, adding up to a total of 100 mg of THC. Things get even more complicated with more creative cannabis products – your budtender will explain your allowances in more detail. What Are the Cannabis Possession Laws in Massachusetts?
Cannabis possession laws predominantly mirror the restrictions placed on commercial cannabis sales. Out and about, the law states that any one person is not allowed to carry more than one ounce of cannabis, or 5g of cannabis concentrate. At home, this is increased to a total of 10oz of purchased cannabis on the property, along with any cannabis that has been cultivated at home. However, it’s important to note that any cannabis on your premises that exceeds the 1oz standard possession limit must be kept on your premises at all times and secured by a lock. Civil penalties apply where excessive amounts of cannabis are not safely stored away – typically paying a $100 fine and the prospect of having your stash confiscated. Cannabis consumption laws and Massachusetts (and much of the United States in general) remain a little on the confusing side. For the time being, state law forbids the consumption of cannabis in any form in any public place. This means cannabis can only be smoked in a private residence or a designated private place, though the definition of a ‘private’ place is somewhat up for debate.
In addition, individual towns and cities are authorized to draw up and implement their own cannabis consumption policies, should they wish to do so. As a general rule of thumb, cannabis shouldn’t be consumed anywhere smoking tobacco is prohibited. One of the most attractive aspects of the new legislation in Massachusetts is the formal permission to cultivate cannabis at home. All Massachusetts residents aged at least 21 are now permitted to grow a maximum of six plants on their premises at any one time. If there are multiple levels within the same residence, this is increased to a maximum of 12 plants – irrespective of how many people are sharing the property at the time. However, it is also a legal requirement to ensure that all cannabis plants are grown in an area that is both out of sight and secured with a viable lock or security device. It must be impossible to see the cannabis plants from outside the property, without the use of binoculars or an optical aid. In addition, cannabis cultivators are strictly prohibited from producing DIY concentrates by way of gas or liquid extraction. Cannabis cultivation has been legalised state-wide, though must be approached with due care and attention to avoid facing a penalty and/or confiscation of your plants. Has Massachusetts Introduced New Cannabis Driving Laws? For the most part, the state’s policy on DUI offenses remains the same. If you are suspected to be under the influence of cannabis while in control of a motor vehicle, you may be required to undergo a blood test at a local police station. If THC is detected in your system, the same penalties as those of alcohol-related DUIs apply. There are currently no accurate roadside THC testing systems available, so it’s advisable to err on the side of caution and avoid cannabis entirely when driving. In terms of transportation, Massachusetts uses the “open container” rule for cannabis. Specifically, cannabis can only be transported in a motor vehicle in a sealed, unbroken container that is kept out of the reach of the driver. If the packaging is open or has been opened and resealed, the driver may face heavy penalties accordingly. It is also strictly against the law to cross any state lines with any quantities of cannabis – even if crossing into a state where cannabis has been legalized. That’s for your employer to decide, though it is extremely rare for any businesses in Massachusetts to allow cannabis consumption at work. The reason being that irrespective of its legal status, cannabis is still considered an intoxicant – just like alcohol. Alcohol consumption in the workplace is almost universally prohibited, so you can expect the same with cannabis.
In fact, it’s surprisingly common for employers to penalize or even terminate workers for using cannabis outside office hours. The legalization of recreational cannabis hasn’t had any real impact on the medical cannabis system in Massachusetts. The only difference being that should they wish to do so, medical cannabis dispensaries have the option of providing cannabis to qualifying patients with exclusive discounts. Not that many have chosen to do so, but it’s an option that exists. Will Any Massachusetts Towns or Cities Ban Cannabis? However, if the town or jurisdiction in question voted in favour of the original cannabis legalization, a new vote would have to be put to the people. It’s not quite as simple as local legislators simply saying residents can or cannot access cannabis legally. The imposition of tweaked local policy is possible and already happening in some places, but an outright ban on cannabis in certain towns and cities isn’t a likely reality. Before you can be met with bountiful hauls of dank buds, there are several stages of cannabis growing that take precedence.
Unless you can successfully germinate cannabis seeds, you won’t have a plant to harvest. Give your seeds the best possible start in life by reading our definitive guide to germination.