Massachusetts allows purchase and use of recreational marijuana by people over age 21. Purchasers do not need to be a Massachusetts resident; they must have a government-issued ID. You may have up to one ounce of weed and up to five grams of marijuana concentrate outside of your home. Using marijuana in public is prohibited. See more on the laws for more details and links for Massachusetts marijuana laws.
The variety of places and personalities that make up the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is as impressive as the growing number of ways to enjoy it with marijuana – e.g., pipe, joint, vape pen, bong, tincture, brownies, and so on. The state’s regions range from Cape Cod beaches and bluffs 70 miles out to sea, to the beautifully rolling hills, trout streams, and historic mansions of the western Berkshires. And those are just the remote eastern and western parts of this history-laden state. The Berkshires region includes the north-south Connecticut River Valley, where visitors love touring authentic buildings and grounds of Historic Deerfield, browsing the bistros and bookstores of Northampton, walking the inimitable Bridge of Flowers, or enjoying games and shopping at the grand casino in Springfield. The state’s central region is a place of smaller town and farms, along with the up-and-coming city of Worcester, which is cultural rich with many colleges and a fabulous art museum. On the Atlantic coast is the world-class city of Boston, packed with restaurants, hotels, and culturally rich museums and tours. North of Boston are the seafaring and artist-heavy towns of Gloucester and Rockport, along with spooky Salem. South of Boston is Plymouth, offering whale watches and the stirring history of the risk-taking Pilgrims. A toke of cannabis or a bite of edible marijuana can be a pleasurable way to embark on your exploration of any of these exciting and emotional places.
Moving from west to east, we begin in the Berkshire Mountains, where several ski areas have been welcoming generations of people for snow play. Summer and fall are saturated in brilliant color for outdoor activities like driving or climbing up glorious Mount Greylock or whitewater rafting. Moving eastward, the central area of Massachusetts is thick with small towns and farms and state parks and lakes for vacation fun. Nice hiking trails are everywhere, and any hike can be enhanced by a moment to intake some weed – look at those colors! The east coast of Massachusetts is oceanfront property, on the beaches from beautiful Newburyport to remote Provincetown. Don’t imagine that cities and water fun are not compatible. You can take a ferry from downtown Boston out to the Boston Harbor Islands for hiking, picnicking, swimming, and views of the city. A whiff of THC in the brain via marijuana is a wonderful way to brighten the sensual pleasures of a day outdoors.
Boston has been called The Athens of America, so we might as well start the discussion of culture there. Fire up a joint or taste a bit of cannabis-enhanced tincture before you set out to enjoy the many, many interesting museums of the city, where planetarium shows, famous glass flowers, and world-class paintings await your enthralled gaze. Enjoy classical and every other genre of music at Beantown’s great theaters and nightclubs. The state is loaded with interesting galleries, most notably in the north shore towns of Rockport, Newburyport, and others. Lexington and Concord are places to see the homes of writers and thinkers like Henry Thoreau, the Alcotts, and others. Out in the Berkshires, you can tour the mansions of writers like Herman Melville and Edith Wharton, as well as the workshop of sculptor Daniel Chester French.
Dining in Massachusetts is every bit as varied and as historically predictable as you would expect. So, when the munchies strike – or even before – you can look forward to fresh seafood of every kind from the North Atlantic, Boston baked beans (historically, always prepared on Saturday night and enjoyed on Sunday), New England boiled dinner (also known as corned beef and cabbage). The state’s many farms help their bounty on farm-to-table eateries, and farmers markets are laden in the summer and fall. The longstanding immigrant communities in many parts of Massachusetts – from Chinatown to numerous other ethnic enclaves – satisfy your pot-enhanced appetite for tastes from distant places.
Adults 21 years and older may legally possess & use marijuana. You don't have to be a Massachusetts resident to visit or purchase from a shop, but you must bring a government ID with you. Sales are mostly cash only. In some shops you can use a debit card, but it would be processed as an ATM withdrawl which includes associated fees.
You may possess up to 1 ounce of weed and up to 5 grams of marijuana concentrate outside of your home or in your vehicle, as long as it's kept in a closed & sealed container, a locked glove box or trunk. You may give up to 1 ounce to another person over age 18.
Using marijuana in public is prohibited. If an area bans tobacco smoking, that means it also bans smoking marijuana. You may use it on your own property or on private property where you have permission. Massachusetts General Law states: “No person shall consume marijuana in a public place or smoke marijuana where smoking tobacco is prohibited. A person who violates this subsection shall be punished by a civil penalty of not more than $100.” Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
An adult may buy and use marijuana paraphernalia. Selling paraphernalia to someone under 18 years of age is a felony.
Use these links for recreational marijuana information for other New England states: