Marijuana Retail Shops are Finally Opening; Here's What You Need to Know
Boston, MA - Retail stores that sell marijuana are highly anticipated to open in Massachusetts, and soon. Final sign-offs to open stores have been signed off on and the only thing that’s left to wait for is the “commence operations” notice. The specific opening dates are still left unsaid.
If you are anticipating the opening of these stores just like many other Massachusetts citizens, you should take a look at the Everything You Need to Know about Marijuana Retail Shops below.
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You must be 21 or older.
The law was passed back in 2016, but it entails that you must be 21 years or older in order to purchase and consume marijuana.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you may be subject to face a civil penalty of $100 if caught with marijuana.
Where will the shops be opening?
As of now, there are three companies that have their retail licenses to sell marijuana.
New England Treatment Access is located in Northampton and they will be selling products such as flowers, edibles, and creams.
Cultivate is located in Leicester with a similar setup and Pharmacannis Massachusetts is located in Wareham. Other retail stores are applying for their permits as this article is being written.
What’s one thing you should be prepared for?
Traffic is the one thing you should primarily concern yourself with, seeing as these are the first stores to open on the east coast. Specifically speaking, New England Treatment Access is the very first, making the grand opening of this store bigger than any other store.
How much can you buy?
The state law allows you to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time. You’re also not allowed to have more than 5 ounces of marijuana concentrate on you at all times.
Where can you consume marijuana?
Unfortunately, as of now, the safest place to consume the product is in your own home. This may come with boundaries if you are renting a home or apartment, too.
Consuming marijuana or marijuana products in public is still prohibited under state law.
Keep in mind the following facts:
- Recreational marijuana is taxed
- Driving under the influence is ILLEGAL
- Home growing was and is still, allowed
- Home delivery of marijuana is not yet available
- Marijuana cafés will not be opening any time soon in Massachusetts