Massachusetts was the first state on the east coast to legalize cannabis for adult use, with the state’s first recreational cannabis dispensary opening in November of 2018. Since then, Massachusetts has become a popular destination for those who want an experience immersed in cannabis culture, from dispensary tours to a relaxing cannabis vacation. The state is already a prime travel destination for tourists because of its history, shopping, dining, nightlife, and culture — cannabis tourism in Massachusetts is only going to get better with age.
To help you enjoy your cannabis experience in our beautiful state, we’ve outlined some dos and don’ts based on the cannabis laws in place right now.
What Visitors Need to Know About Marijuana in Massachusetts
Before your visit, take some time to familiarize yourself with our cannabis laws:
- Age of consumption for cannabis: You must be at least 21 to purchase and consume cannabis for adult use. Be prepared to show valid identification when requested.
- Driving under the influence: Driving with cannabis is legal in Massachusetts, but you are never permitted to drive under the influence of cannabis. Additionally, open container laws that apply to alcohol also apply to cannabis and restrict where you can store the container while you’re driving (we recommend the trunk).
- Purchasing limits: While there are cannabis buying limits, the allowances in Massachusetts are actually very generous. As an individual, you’re allowed to have up to 1 oz. of cannabis flower on you at once, with 5 grams of that ounce allowed for concentrates and/or infused products such as edibles. The penalties for possession of more cannabis than is legally allowed include fines but could be more severe, depending on the circumstance.
- Public consumption: Public consumption of cannabis is not permitted, but you are allowed to consume at a private residence, cannabis-friendly hotel, or a business that is exempt from smoke-free laws (i.e. membership-only clubs). Luckily, there are plenty of 420-friendly venues in Boston.
Cannabis-friendly spots in Boston
|The Summit Lounge||116 Water St, Worcester, MA 01604||Private, stigma-free club where medical and recreational consumers can socialize and come together.|
|Melody’s Place Lodging||193 Main Street Charlemont, MA 01339||This authentic Victorian home away from home is 420-friendly, 21+ and conveniently located in the center of Charlemont.|
|The Stonehedge Hotel & Spa||160 Pawtucket Blvd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879||Boutique hotel with 420 Experience rooms and packages that include everything from a munchie and hydration kit to access to VIP Troca Room lounge.|
|Mass Cannabis Chefs||Varying locations||An intimate evening of gourmet cannabis-infused foods with Masterchef alum Chef Joe.|
Some Thoughts on Traveling with Marijuana
Cannabis laws are dictated at the state level, however, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. Air travel in the United States is federally dictated, which means you cannot legally possess cannabis on an airplane.
The same applies to traveling by car: it’s illegal to take cannabis over state lines.
If you are interested in learning more about cannabis tourism, driving with cannabis, cannabis legality around the world, and more, check out our new Traveling with Cannabis ebook.
To avoid any penalties or having to get rid of any cannabis products that you are unable to consume during your stay, we recommend purchasing a small amount such as a gram or two to start, rather than maxing out the purchase limit. That way you can buy more if you run out during your trip, and possibly test out a larger variety of cultivars or cannabis products.
Visit Happy Valley for Both Recreational and Medical Cannabis
Cannabis tourism is only just beginning and Massachusetts is among the states leading the charge. At Happy Valley, we offer both recreational and medical cannabis. Our Happy Valley Hosts are available to answer any questions that you may have, and we have private consultation rooms for any guests who would prefer more privacy.
If you’re in Massachusetts, be sure to visit our cannabis dispensaries in East Boston or Gloucester. We offer premium cannabis products, including flower, edibles, concentrates, and more. For more information and to keep up with Happy Valley news, scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter your email address to become a Happy Valley Insider.
Update: COVID-19 has impacted nearly every American business. The content in this article discusses subject matter related to traveling, retail environments, events, and tourism, all of which have been impacted by COVID-19. As retail stores reopen, we recommend following the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing, sterilizing surfaces and equipment, and wearing cloth masks.