Gov. Charlie Baker reacts to first day of legal marijuana in Massachusetts
BOSTON – Hours after marijuana advocates passed around handfuls of pot under his office window, Gov. Charlie Baker was asked his thoughts on the first day of legalization in Massachusetts.
Baker, who opposed legalization and lead an unsuccessful campaign against it, shrugged. “It’s legal,” he told reporters.
“I just hope everybody pays attention to the rules,” Baker said.
Under the new law voters passed in November, adults over the age of 21 are allowed to possess up to one ounce outside their primary residence and up to ten ounces inside. Those provisions, and the ones allowing up to 12 plants per household, went into effect on Thursday, Dec. 15.
“We need to be cognizant of the fact that the people have spoken on this and we certainly believe there are things we can do to improve the public safety and public health in particular, but we need to respect the fact that the voters voted for this,” Baker said outside his State House offices.
Other elements of the new law aren’t in place yet, Baker added. The Cannabis Control Commission, which the law creates, isn’t due to be created until next year, and the law’s timeline calls for retail pot shops to open in 2018.
Massachusetts lawmakers have expressed interest in delaying those provisions.