8 States Let You Smoke Weed, But Massachusetts Might Be the First to Make it Easy

Eight states have now legalized recreational marijuana. But those same states often leave cannabis consumers with few options for where they can legally smoke. Oregon and Washington prohibit any public pot-smoking, even at dispensaries. California, whose recreational market is set to launch on January 1, lets cities regulate on-site marijuana consumption, but most towns have been slow to embrace the idea.

Massachusetts may take a different path. The state legalized pot by ballot referendum in 2016, and its recreational marijuana market is scheduled to launch this coming April. On Tuesday a subcommittee of the state’s Cannabis Advisory Board unveiled draft regulations that would permit the on-site consumption of marijuana in much the same way that alcohol can be served at bars and restaurants.

“This is about consumer choice,” says Michael Latulippe of the Patient Advocacy Alliance, who drafted the on-site consumption rules.

Brick-and-motor dispensaries do not service everyone’s needs,


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