CITY OF BOSTON REMINDS RESIDENTS OF MARIJUANA REGULATIONS IN ADVANCE OF DECEMBER 15 LEGALIZATION

December 14, 2016

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Contact: Press Office, 617-635-4461

 

 

CITY OF BOSTON REMINDS RESIDENTS OF MARIJUANA REGULATIONS IN ADVANCE OF DECEMBER 15 LEGALIZATION

 

BOSTON - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - On Thursday, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will recognize marijuana as a legal substance for adults 21 and over, and the City of Boston reminds residents of the following rules and standards that are to be enacted with the new law:

 

Possession of Marijuana

  • Adults may carry up to one ounce of marijuana in public. Five grams of that may be a marijuana concentrate.

  • Adults cannot have more than ten ounces of marijuana in their residence.

 

Growing Marijuana

  • Each resident in the state can grow up to six plants, but there can be no more than 12 plants in a household. Adults must grow plants in their primary residence in a locked or secured location.

  • Plants cannot be visible from a public space without the use of binoculars, an aircraft or other visual aids.

 

Medical Marijuana

  • The new law will not affect medical marijuana.

  • Medical marijuana is a separate program overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

 

Smoking in Boston

  • Residents and visitors cannot smoke in public parks in Boston. This includes marijuana and tobacco.

  • "No smoking" means residents cannot inhale, exhale, burn or carry any:

    • lighted cigar, cigarette, or pipe,

    • lighted or vaporized substance in any manner or form.

    • This includes marijuana, even if it's used for medical reasons.

 

Additional Restrictions

  • The marijuana law prevents adults from consuming marijuana in a public place where smoking tobacco is prohibited. The law allows for a fine of up to $100 for each offense.

  • Under the law, "marijuana products" include:

    • edible products and beverages

    • topical products and ointments, and

    • oils and tinctures.

  • Under the law, resident cannot have an open container of marijuana or marijuana products in their motor vehicle. Offenders can be fined up to $500 for each offense.

  • "Open container" means a package of marijuana or marijuana products with a broken seal, or with some of the contents removed. Residents must keep an open container in a locked glove compartment or trunk.

  • The new law doesn't change the existing state laws for operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana. It's still illegal, and subject to the same fines and penalties.

 

For additional information, visit boston.gov/marijuana, contact Boston 311, or view the legislation for marijuana legalization.

 

 

 

 

 

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