Can You Smoke Weed in Public in Massachusetts?

Can You Smoke Weed in Massachusetts?

Yes. Per Massachusetts cannabis laws, you can smoke medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Furthermore, adults of legal age are allowed to smoke weed recreationally.

Can You Smoke Weed in Public in Massachusetts?

No. Whether for medical or recreational use, you cannot smoke weed in any form in public in Massachusetts. Massachusetts law prohibits marijuana smoking, where tobacco smoking is banned. Therefore, it is illegal to smoke cannabis in public outdoor spaces, such as sidewalks, parks, public transportation, schools, bars, restaurants, workplaces, and inside cannabis dispensaries. An individual caught smoking weed in public may be punished by a fine of not more than $100.

Can You Smoke Weed in a Vehicle in Massachusetts?

No, Massachusetts does not approve of smoking weed in vehicles. Even if the vehicle is parked, smoking cannabis in a motor vehicle is illegal. Law enforcement may charge persons caught smoking weed in a vehicle with drugged driving. If you must travel with cannabis within the state, it is recommended that you put it in a sealed container in the trunk of your car. Having cannabis in an open container in a vehicle, whether the car is moving or not, is a civil offense punishable by a $500 fine.

Who Can Smoke Marijuana in Massachusetts?

Marijuana smoking is limited to adults over the age of 21, with limited, specific medical exceptions.

Where Can You Legally Smoke Weed in Massachusetts?

You can smoke weed on your private property or a rented property if the landlord or property owner allows it. Per Massachusetts law, a landlord may, via a lease agreement, legally prohibit or regulate weed smoking on their property. Also, employers in the state are allowed to restrict cannabis consumption in workplaces. Hence, employees may set rules banning weed smoking in workplace environments.

Note that state law allows Massachusetts municipalities to enact ordinances or pass bylaws permitting the social consumption of cannabis in certain locations within their borders. Hence, you may be able to smoke marijuana in authorized social consumption sites in your town or city. Some Massachusetts businesses, such as bars and hotels, may provide specific outdoor areas for smoking where cannabis consumption is allowed.

Due to the federal ban on cannabis, it is illegal to smoke cannabis on federal property or buildings in Massachusetts.

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