Federal law prohibits crossing state lines with pot in your possession


Even though it can be legally purchased in Massachusetts, under federal law it is illegal for you to cross state lines with pot in your possession.

On Tuesday, NETA in Northampton became one of the first recreational pot shops to open east of Colorado.

On Wednesday, cannabis customers lined up again, many of them traveling here from out of state. And while they can legally buy cannabis here, they can’t legally bring it back to those states

Federal law prohibits transporting any federally restricted substance across state lines.

If you’re driving from a neighboring state to buy the product at NETA in Northampton under federal law, you would then have to consume that product in Massachusetts.

Marijuana use in public places is illegal so consumption would have to take place in a private location such as someone’s house.

“You definitely have to be cautious,” said Hugo Frost of Orange. “I have friends in New York who have gotten in trouble with the law having exactly what we’re going to go buy. You have to be smart know the laws.”

In Connecticut and New York, two states that border Massachusetts, possession of marijuana could result in a fine of at least $100.

According to TSA, possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products on checked and carry-on bags on airplanes is also prohibited. 

Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine are the only states to legalize recreational marijuana in New England.

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