No Changes to Dec. 15 Effective Date of Legal Marijuana in Massachusetts, Beacon Hill Leaders Say

Article by Gintautas Dumcius, MassLive

Beacon Hill leaders said Monday they won’t change the effective date of Dec. 15 for the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts.

State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said in a joint statement that they won’t make changes to that part of the new law, which allows possession, use and home growing by adults over the age of 21.

“The voters spoke in favor of legalized recreational marijuana on November 8th and we fully intend to respect the will of the voters,” Rosenberg and DeLeo said.

“While we analyze the provisions of the new law and its implementation we will not be passing legislation that changes the December 15th effective date for possession, use, and home growing,” they said.

Starting on Dec. 15, people at least 21 years old can possess up to ten ounces of marijuana inside their residence and up to one ounce outside. Smoking is prohibited in the same places tobacco is banned.

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