Last year, Massachusetts voters approved a law making it legal for any adult in the state to possess up to an ounce of pot on their person, and to have up to 10 ounces and a dozen plants on their property. However, it is not legal to sell marijuana in Massachusetts yet, and retail shops won’t be open until the middle of next year at the earliest. Until that time, many marijuana users are still purchasing weed via the black market, and running the risk of being arrested by state or local police.
State police have charged 76 people with pot-related offenses since December 15th, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, whose jurisdiction includes Boston, has had 66 arraignments for distribution of a Class D substance in that same time frame. State cops also arrested 33 people for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of pot.
Police officials have said they are not aggressively targeting marijuana users, but will continue to enforce laws against selling the drug. “Obviously, we have a more pressing issue with opioid abuse, but if we get complaints about people selling marijuana we put some efforts into it,” said Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick….