With pot shops opening soon, state warns about driving high


BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is stepping up warnings to motorists about the risks of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced the new public education and enforcement campaign on Wednesday. The first recreational pot shops in the eastern United States are expected to open in Massachusetts in the coming weeks.

The campaign, which also renews warnings against driving under the influence of alcohol, asks marijuana users to consider alternatives to driving, such as a designated driver, public transit or ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft.

No retail stores have opened yet. The Cannabis Control Commission has awarded provisional licenses to three medical marijuana dispensaries that hope to begin selling recreational marijuana soon.

Regulators could issue three more retail licenses at their next meeting on Thursday.

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