Recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but this doesn't mean that you have carte blanche with what you can do. There are limitations related to this drug that you must ensure you are complying with so that you don't face criminal charges.
It is important to note that the state's laws cover marijuana and marijuana-infused products. Now that legal dispensaries have opened, it is a good time for everyone who is interested in recreational marijuana to brush up on the laws and limitations.
Who can buy and how much?
Under the recreational marijuana laws, adults who are at least 21 can buy the drug. You are allowed to have up to one ounce in your possession outside of your home. Within your home, you can have up to 10 ounces. You can also grow up to six marijuana plants. While you can't accept payment, you are allowed to give away marijuana to other adults, but this is limited to one ounce.
With the recreational marijuana law came a stipulation that you must buy from an approved dispensary. You can face criminal charges if you try to purchase it from an unlicensed person. If the person wants to give it away, you can accept up to one ounce.
There is nothing in the law that prohibits a person from another state from being able to buy the drug here. The catch is that they can't leave the state with it, even if they are going to Vermont where recreational marijuana is also legalized.
What other information is important?
Just because you can use marijuana doesn't mean that you are allowed to drive after you've used it. Impaired driving is against the law, no matter what substance is causing the altered ability to drive. The issue with marijuana is the THC found in it. The more THC you have in your system, the more your ability to drive is impacted. Drivers who have higher levels of THC in their blood are three to seven times more likely to cause an accident than people who haven't used alcohol or drugs.
Facing criminal charges related to marijuana can be challenging. Whether those are from making an illegal purchase, possessing too much or driving while impaired, you need to explore your options for a defense. Taking the circumstances of the incident into account can be helpful.