CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Those looking to start legally growing and smoking marijuana won’t have to wait much longer.
Beginning Thursday, December 15th, it will be legal for adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside a home and up to ten ounces inside a home. They can also grow up to 12 pot plants per household.
A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin announced Friday that the ballot question results should be ready for the Governor’s Council for Certification Wednesday, just in time for Thursday’s effective date.
It’s still illegal to sell marijuana in Massachusetts, except to registered medical marijuana patients, and will be for at least a year, until the first pot shops are licensed and regulated. A Cannabis Control Commission must first be established.
A spokesman for Regulatemass, the group that sponsored the ballot question, says states that previously legalized weed went through similar transitional periods without major problems.
Joseph Grasty of Springfield told 22News, “I don’t think it was thought out enough, but I hope that you know within the trial period they get out and fix the cases that need to be fixed.”
State lawmakers are still discussing taxation of marijuana. The initial proposal read that retail marijuana would be subject to the states sales tax, a 3.75% excise tax, and cities and towns can add a 2% tax. That brings an estimated 12% tax total.Related Marijuana News Coverage:
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