January 9, 2017
10 Things

10 Things I Know About ... Legal weed

Michelle Drolet

10) Adult use

A key legislative issue for both opponents and supporters. Only those 21 and over can legally consume, possess and grow marijuana. Some legislators are advocating for a higher age limit.

9) Possession

Massachusetts residents can now legally possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their primary residence.

8) Growing

Massachusetts residents can legally grow their own plants within limits: 6 plants per individual and up to 12 plants per household.

7) No smoking allowed.

Users cannot consume marijuana in public places such as bars, restaurants, parks or anywhere on the street.

6) Some gray zones

Despite legalization, selling marijuana outside of a registered marijuana dispensary remains a crime punishable by up to two years of imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine.

5) Closed for business

Although adult-use recreational marijuana has been legalized in Massachusetts since Dec. 15, stores will most likely not open until 2019.

4) Office matters

Employers have the right to terminate employees who show up to work under the influence.

3) Best policy

For concerned business owners, treat employee use of pot the same as you'd treat alcohol or other substance abuse.

2) Gifting

Adults can legally give the gift of bud or a seedling, but it still remains illegal to sell it.

1) Rule of thumb

Follow rules that apply to alcohol, and you should be in compliance; especially as it pertains to driving under the influence, which also applies to marijuana use.

Michelle Drolet is CEO of Towerwall, a data security services provider in Framingham. You may reach her at michelled@towerwall.com.


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