5 things to know about marijuana in Massachusetts

One year after Massachusetts voters passed a ballot question legalizing marijuana, legal pot sales remain several months away.

State regulators are working to lay the groundwork for a new retail pot industry, and lawmakers in July passed a new law that tweaks the measure voters approved last year.

Here are five things to know about the legal status of marijuana, one year after the 2016 vote:

Buying and selling

Possession of limited quantities of marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts since last December, but it remains against the law for anyone without a retail license to sell pot for recreational use. Since the Cannabis Control Commission is still setting regulations, retail sales aren’t expected to begin until July 2018.

It’s legal under state law to give up to an ounce of marijuana as a gift, as long as no compensation is received.

When retail

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