Massachusetts was the 18th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana use. Adults 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or five grams of concentrate outside of their residence, and up to 10 ounces of marijuana inside their residence. Additionally, adults may possess and cultivate up to six marijuana plants with a maximum of 12 per household.
Buying Marijuana in Massachusetts
To buy pot, you’ll need to show a photo ID to prove your age. And here’s the tricky part: you can only legally consume it in private residences. If you don’t have a private residence here (i.e., if you’re not renting a condo, etc.) then legally you cannot smoke or otherwise consume marijuana. In other words, use your discretion.
The National Seashore
Herring Cove and Race Point aren’t part of Provincetown—they belong to the National Seashore, and as such are federal property. Massachusetts’ marijuana laws don’t apply there, and if you’re arrested you’ll be facing federal, rather than state and local, charges.
Be Careful Driving!
Be especially careful driving: Commonwealth police are told to use their best judgment in assessing whether or not you’re impaired, and an OUI can be slapped on you if they decide you are.
You’ll need cash or a debit card to buy pot, although most stores have an ATM onsite or nearby. Traditional credit cards aren’t accepted because pot is illegal at the federal level, making credit card companies reluctant to get involved. If you’re bringing cash, remember to factor in the 20% tax (17% to the state, 3% to local government). Debit card transactions are usually run as “cashless ATMs,” so you may be charged a $3 to $3.50 service fee.
Edibles have been a gamble in the past, but up-and-coming nanotechnology in the cannabis space makes popping a weed edible a more predictable experience. Typical onset for normal edibles can range from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on your metabolism and what you ate beforehand.
A tincture is a liquid extract made by soaking a substance in alcohol to release its active ingredient, usually THC. Liquid THC is typically some shade of green. The liquid THC should smell like bud and give off a light floral aroma. Liquid THC is most commonly consumed orally, but it can also be vaporized in an electronic vape pen and smoked like other e-liquids.
Massachusetts has one of the strictest bans on pesticides in the US. Before selling its products, each producer must pay for a representative sample to be lab-tested for potency, mold, mildew, pesticides, and other contaminants.