What To Know About Recreational Marijuana Sales in Massachusetts
July 1, a fated day in Massachusetts for advocates of recreational marijuana, came and went. The first day that stores were allowed to sell nonmedical cannabis passed without so much as a joint sold. No retailers had been licensed, and July 1 turned out much like any other day since December 15, 2016, when it became legal in Massachusetts to possess, grow and give away small quantities of cannabis.
But in the intervening year-and-a-half, no retailers have begun selling the drug. Advocates of its recreational use have grown frustrated at the retail rollout’s plodding pace.
On Monday, Massachusetts’ cannabis commission gave a provisional retail license to Cultivate Holdings in Leicester, but a spokeswoman for the commission said the company must pass an inspection and fingerprint its staff before it can begin selling cannabis. The commission has also awarded another company, Milford, Mass.-based Sira Naturals, licenses to grow and transport recreational marijuana.
With the Massachusetts marijuana market in flux, here’s what you need to know about recreational pot north of the Connecticut border, and what you can and can’t do with it:
1. Can I bring nonmedical cannabis from Massachusetts into Connecticut?
No. Kelly Grant, a spokeswoman for the state police, said despite Massachusetts legalizing recreational marijuana, the troopers’ approach will be “the same as what we’re doing now – enforcing our state laws.”
“No matter what you choose to do in another state,” Grant said, “when you get back to Connecticut, Connecticut law applies in Connecticut.”
State police, who patrol the highways, will continue to monitor for marijuana use with DUI checkpoints and stops, she said.
2. What can I smoke in Massachusetts, and where can I smoke it?
You can legally possess and grow nonmedical marijuana. You can also give it away, as long as you receive no