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Marijuana Dos and Doníts for the Fourth of July
Posted by CN Staff on July 04, 2017 at 09:29:04 PT
By Dan Adams, Globe Staff 
Source: Boston Globe
Massachusetts -- Independence Day is a celebration of freedom. But on this July Fourth, for the first time in more than a century, our freedoms in Massachusetts include the ability to legally buy, possess, and use marijuana. These privileges took effect in December, after voters approved a ballot question on recreational pot use. And that measure remains the law of the land, despite state legislatorsí ongoing debate over a rewrite of the rules.But itís worth remembering that this freedom is heavily qualified. So, after consulting with law enforcement experts and studying guidance issued by state officials, here are some recreational marijuana doís and doníts.
WALKING DOWN THE STREET WITH A POCKET FULL OF WEEDUnder the new recreational marijuana law, Massachusetts residents 21 and older can keep up to 10 ounces of pot in their primary homes for personal use. Everywhere else, though, the possession limit is just 1 ounce of marijuana flower and 5 grams of marijuana concentrates.So if youíre bringing pot to the pot-luck, make sure it doesnít weigh more than an ounce (a little more than 28 grams).One crucial exception: The law says you cannot possess any quantity of marijuana on the grounds of a public or private school. This is important if you plan to attend a municipal fireworks display, as many towns hold these events at local schools or athletic fields. Getting caught with an ounce or less could earn you a ticket.Finally, a note about your rights: Because marijuana is now fully legal, instead of merely decriminalized, police officers generally cannot seize your stash or issue a possession citation unless youíre underage, have more than an ounce on you, or appear to be selling it. Officers also canít search you or your belongings solely on the basis of their reasonable belief that youíre carrying marijuana.FIREWORKS CAN SMOKE IN PUBLIC; YOU CANíTWhile the law allows adults to possess quite a bit of marijuana in public, it doesnít allow them to smoke it in public ó or in areas where smoking tobacco is banned, such as restaurants and offices. Light up in public and you could get dinged with a $100 fine, plus possible additional penalties in towns that have bylaws or ordinances prohibiting public pot use.The upshot: Those looking to enhance their fireworks experience with a little pot will have to get high beforehand at home or a friendís home, then safely travel to the show without driving.Renters should be aware that their leases may prohibit smoking marijuana in or on the property. However, landlords are not allowed to ban tenants from consuming marijuana by other means. So those who want to enjoy a pot brownie at home after the barbecue donít need to worry about getting evicted.BUYING, SELLING, GIFTINGWeíre in an odd gray zone right now: Itís legal for adults to buy marijuana, but recreational dispensaries wonít open until next summer at the earliest. Until then, no one is allowed to sell pot (except medical dispensaries, which may sell cannabis to registered patients).So whereís a person supposed to get some weed? Good question. At the moment, nonpatients who are over 21 have two options.The first is the black market. You can buy from an old-fashioned friend-of-a-friend without fear of prosecution. However, if the transaction goes down outside your house, remember that the 1-ounce possession limit applies as youíre bringing it home. Also, the dealer risks arrest, and the product is unlikely to have been tested for pesticides, molds, and other contaminants. Pursue this avenue at your own risk.The second option is to have a generous friend ó perhaps one who grows her own supply ó give you marijuana for free. The law allows gifts of up to 1 ounce of marijuana.CARS AND MARIJUANAThis doesnít require much explanation at all: Itís completely illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.True, thereís no easy breathalyzer-like test police officers can use to measure impairment from marijuana, but cops will still take you off the road if they believe youíre stoned.You are allowed to drive around (again, while sober) with up to an ounce of weed in your vehicle, but it must be in a sealed container. Even better: stow it in the glove box or trunk. Open containers, whether or not the vehicle is moving, bring a $500 fine.SMOKE ON THE WATER?For many, itís a July Fourth tradition to hop in a boat and putter around the Charles River or Boston Harbor for a prime view of Bostonís fireworks. But beware: Itís still illegal to pilot a watercraft of any size under the influence of marijuana.Also, federal agencies such as the Coast Guard share jurisdiction with local law enforcement over navigable waterways. If a Coast Guard crew boards your boat for a safety inspection and spots some pot, they will enforce the federal prohibition on the drug, according to an agency spokesman quoted by the Portland Press Herald in Maine.ďThe Coast Guard enforces federal laws within all navigable US waters,Ē Andrew Barresi told the paper. ďThis means that in all marijuana cases, Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce federal law, even in states which have legalized it. Federal law has not changed, so our enforcement of that law has not changed.ĒSource: Boston Globe (MA)Author: Dan Adams, Globe Staff  Published: July 3, 2017Copyright: 2017 Globe Newspaper CompanyContact: letter globe.comWebsite: http://www.boston.com/globe/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/XygfepO5CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 04, 2017 at 09:49:12 PT
Ass Backwards
CA just like MA has legalized personal use and possession of Marijuana but not Stores.It's like, they, the politicians want to give one last hurrah to the black market, create lots of work for law-enforcement, have unsafe illegally grown products laced with insecticides and herbicides, heavy metals, etc. etc. just BEFORE it is suddenly at midnight Jan. 1st then it will be the other way around, everything legal with huge factory farms, part goes underground and to other states the other part gets taxed to death.And this all makes sense? I hope Canada does not make the same mistake, oops, they are making this mistake as well on a nation-wide basis.Big mistake and not helpful to anyone! Two steps forward, one (big) step back.
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