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Oversight and laws in place for marijuana businesses and usage

Just about everyone knows the impact that previous marijuana laws had upon Worcester. Now the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) is taking steps to rectify the fact that Worcester was one of 29 cities that were disproportionately affected by the enforcement of previous cannabis laws.

Commonwealth and city will regulate

The commonwealth and local governments have moved slowly to put the infrastructure in place to accommodate our new recreational marijuana usage laws. There are a number of different laws that regulate this emerging industry, including licensing, location, hours, signage and 3 percent taxation. There will then be final inspections by the CCC before approval to open is given. Employees must also register with the state before final licensing will be given.

There are still laws on the books

With new businesses soon opening up with subsequent access for legal adults, it is a good idea to review the marijuana laws on the books. Important details are:

Possession: Those in public may have up to one ounce of marijuana or five grams of concentrate. They may possess 10 ounces in their homes. Residents may own 6 plants per person and 12 per residence.

Age: Those enjoying marijuana must be 21 years of age.

Consumption: It is still illegal to consume marijuana in public. Also, do not consume marijuana in areas designated as non-smoking. Renters need take note: they can also face problems if their landlord prohibits smoking in the building or certain areas of the building.

OUI: All OUI laws apply. First offense is a misdemeanor. Impairment is determined on a  case-by-case basis. Further penalties include large fines, license suspension or even a jail sentence.

It is still a good idea to fight charges

Students and professionals may want to avoid having a criminal record involving marijuana use. It may be legal in the commonwealth, but some institutions and professional organizations may not look kindly upon those with a criminal record. Common sense is a must, which includes contacting an attorney if an individual faces charges.

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