Marijuana Legalization

For most people in the majority Democratic-voting state of Massachusetts, the November 2016 elections are likely to be remembered with a sense of doom. But on that night, some residents might have taken solace in the fact that their state had voted to legalize recreational marijuana use.

After two years of hold ups, the state's first recreational pot shops opened for business in November 2018, including one in Northampton. You'll need to be over 21 and show a valid, government-issued ID to buy weed from a dispensary; for a list of dispensaries check www.potguide.com/massachusetts.

It's still illegal to smoke marijuana in any public place and you are only allowed to carry up to one ounce of marijuana or five grams of marijuana concentrate. Be especially careful in and around federal properties such as national monuments, since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and remember not to carry weed across state lines.

Since Massachusetts doesn't yet have any cannabis cafes, the only place to legally smoke weed is in a private home (with the landlord's permission); a local friend's house is your best bet for now. Massachusetts residents are also permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use.