Weed May Be Legal in Massachusetts, But Dealers Aren't Done Yet
A day that many people have long pushed for in Massachusetts finally arrived. If you’re over 21 it’s legal, now, to buy marijuana in a store licensed by the state. But the illegal market isn’t expected to go away anytime soon.
“There’s just not enough dispensaries, there’s not enough cultivators, there’s not enough manufacturers, legally,” said Kamani Jefferson, president of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, a group which advocates for cannabis consumers.
So far, no retail stores are licensed and only 22 medical marijuana dispensaries are open.
Jefferson said that unlike the medical market, the new recreational sales will be taxed by as much as 20 percent.
“The illicit market will have the upperhand with just not having a tax,” said Jefferson.
So for now, the illegal sales aren’t about to stop.
‘I love life. I just love life a little bit more with marijuana.’
“I obtain it, I pay for it and then I turn around and charge people and then pay my creditors back,” explained a 71-year-old builder who earns his living renovating houses.
He also distributes marijuana, without trying to make much money from it.
“I expect people to pay what I pay and a very, very, very small fee beyond that,” he said.
He doesn’t want his name used because what he does is illegal. He said he first used marijuana in 1970 as a U.S. soldier in Vietnam.
“I think it served me by giving me, probably the best attitude to get through that situation,” said the builder. “So, I love life. I just love life a little bit more with marijuana.”
He also loves helping others get marijuana at a decent price.
Lessons from Colorado
As cannabis becomes legal in Massachusetts, the experiences of people who left the black market in Colorado, may offer