Article by Shira Schoenberg, Mass Live
Casino gambling is legal in Massachusetts. Smoking marijuana will be legal soon, too. But it will not be legal to combine the two.
The newly passed ballot initiative legalizing marijuana bans the use of marijuana in public places — which includes casinos. In addition, smoking is already forbidden inside casinos.
“The good news is our casinos are non-smoking, and they will continue to be non-smoking, regardless of what materials you may be smoking,” said Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Enrique Zuniga.
The Gaming Commission, which oversees gambling operations in Massachusetts, on Tuesday held a brief discussion about the decision by state voters to legalize recreational marijuana.
The commissioners said they are still trying to determine what implications, if any, marijuana legalization will have for casinos.
“That’s a very big change in the cultural, social and possibly economic landscape,” said Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby. “We should think about whether there are any implications for that for our operations.”