Connecticut Residents Gearing Up For Legal Pot In Massachusetts
As Massachusetts gets ready to open up the first legal recreational marijuana dispensary in the east, residents of Connecticut are gearing up for a quick trip on I-91 North.
It's been two years in the making, but it looks like the first legal recreational marijuana dispensaries will be opening soon in Massachusetts, just a short drive for residents of Connecticut.
One of the dispensaries ready to open their doors is located in Northampton, Mass., and NETA Regional Director Leslie Laurie told fox61.com, that Connecticut residents are more then welcome.
We’re always happy to greet people from Connecticut. We’re so excited that we’re on the brink of being able to also offer services and products for those who are in not for medical reasons.
Mark Zatyrka, who is the CEO of INSA, another dispensary that's getting ready to open, had this to say about residents of other states visiting Massachusetts:
With the states in New England being the size that they are, we do expect a lot of people from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, to come and purchase products.
Marijuana will be sold in a number of different forms in these recreational dispensaries, for smoking, also in the form of pills, as well edibles like chocolates and gummies.
Connecticut residents will be able to purchase products in Massachusetts, but by law, they cannot transport it back to Connecticut. While Connecticut has decriminalized marijuana, residents could still get a ticket for possession of one-half ounce or less, or even jail time for possession of more than that. Both state officials encourage Connecticut residents to maintain common sense by not driving while intoxicated and not crossing the border with marijuana in the car.
Alaric Fox is the Chef of the Enfield Police Department, which is just miles from legal pot, says they have a plan in place and is keeping it simple for people crossing the border to make a purchase. He told Fox 61:
The laws of Massachusetts pertain in Massachusetts and the laws in Connecticut pertain in Connecticut. In terms of our response, particularly as a border town, we have drug recognition experts within our cadre of police officers that are specifically trained to be able to detect intoxication by drugs other than alcohol.
Connecticut State Police know all about the legalization in Massachusetts, but have no plans to change anything, and will continue to enforce the state laws in Connecticut.
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