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What the Recreational Use Law Makes Legal. The law provides that anyone over <br /> 21 years of age may possess, use, purchase, process or manufacture one ounce or <br /> less of marijuana (or up to five grams of marijuana concentrate) without fear of arrest, <br /> prosecution, penalty, sanction, disqualification, denial of any right or privilege or be <br /> subject to seizure or forfeiture of assets under the laws of the commonwealth. <br /> Within a person's primary residence, the new law authorizes the possession of up to ten <br /> ounces of marijuana, including not more than six marijuana plants per person (but not <br /> more than twelve plants regardless of the number of persons). <br /> The law does not make legal the sale of any amount of marijuana for personal use, just <br /> the possession, use, purchasing, processing or manufacture. It does allow the giving <br /> away or otherwise transferring "without remuneration" of up to one ounce of marijuana, <br /> except that not more than five grams of marijuana may be in the form of marijuana <br /> concentrate, to any person 21 years of age or older, as long as the transfer is not <br /> advertised or promoted to the public. Once regulations are complete and licenses are <br /> issued, the law will allow licensed marijuana retailers to sell marijuana products to <br /> consumers and licensed marijuana manufacturers and cultivators to produce and sell <br /> marijuana products to marijuana establishments.' <br /> The law allows anyone over age 21 to possess, produce, process, manufacture, <br /> purchase, obtain or sell hemp without fear of arrest, prosecution, penalty, sanction, <br /> disqualification, denial of any right or privilege or be subject to seizure or forfeiture of <br /> assets under the laws of the commonwealth. The right to sell in this provision includes <br /> sales to consumers and retail establishments. <br /> The new law creates a "Cannabis Control Commission" ("CCC") consisting of five <br /> members appointed by the governor, attorney general and state treasurer for five year <br /> terms. The CCC is empowered to adopt regulations for the administration and <br /> enforcement of the laws regulating and licensing marijuana establishments, including <br /> medical marijuana dispensaries. The following appointments were made to the <br /> Cannabis Control Commission on September 1 , 2017: chairman, Steven Hoffman; <br /> former State Senator Jen Flanagan; former Department of Public Health official Kay <br /> ' The law categorizes the various types of corporate marijuana activities as follows: a "marijuana <br /> cultivator' is an entity licensed to cultivate, process and package marijuana for delivery to <br /> marijuana retailers; a "mar#uana product manufacturer' is an entity licensed to make marijuana <br /> paraphernalia for delivery to marijuana retailers; a "marijuana retailer' is an entity licensed to <br /> sell and deliver marijuana and marijuana products to the public; and, finally, the law uses the <br /> term "mar#uana establishment' to refer to all of the above entities collectively. G.L. c.94G §1. <br /> - 2 - <br />
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