In 2015, the first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Massachusetts. This was nearly eight years after voters first approved the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in 2008. But stoners, rejoice: Massachusetts legalized the use of marijuana in 2016, and in 2018, recreational marijuana dispensaries will be coming to the state as well. With any luck, we might just become the Colorado of the East Coast.
Even so, the laws are slightly confusing, and it can be hard to understand exactly what is and still isn’t legal. There are a ton of questions as to how medical marijuana works in Massachusetts, like: How do I even find a doctor to prescribe it to me? Can I blaze up during a late-night trip to Wendy’s or a pit stop to Sullivan’s Castle Island?
To help figure it out, we spoke to an expert with intimate knowledge of all things ganja in MA: Tim Keogh, the President of the Board at Bask Cannabis in Fairhaven. Here's all the need-to-know facts if you want to smoke up.