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Marijuana Sales Delayed, but Possession and Cultivation Are Now Legal

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As of December 15, 2016, it is legal to possess and cultivate in your home in Massachusetts. This part of the law still went into effect even though sales are delayed by six months. You can grow up to 12 plants in your home, keep 10-ounces of marijuana in your home and have up to an ounce on you in public.

These laws are in effect for adults ages 21 and older, according to Tenth Amendment Center. Not all lawmakers are pleased with the delay in recreational sales. Supporters of Question 4 believe that the law, as written, is fine the way it is. Opponents believe a few regulations need some adjustments.

Jim Borghesani, leader of the legal marijuana campaign in the state, said, “We are very disappointed that the Legislature has decided to alter Question 4 in an informal session with very little notice regarding the proposed changes.”

Statistics show that 99 of 100 marijuana-related arrests are in violation of state laws, rather than federal.

Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center founder, said, “The lesson here is pretty straight forward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds can do to shove their so-called laws, regulations or mandates down our throats.”

Massachusetts hopes to aid the efforts of ending federal marijuana prohibition. Without state assistance, the DEA and federal government just don’t have the resources to fight marijuana prohibition anymore.