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Massachusetts Marijuana Law Takes Effect

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Marijuana became legal in Massachusetts Thursday, but there are still some restrictions.

Under the new law passed by voters in November, adults over 21 can possess and use marijuana in Massachusetts now, and also grow up to a dozen plants at home. 

But selling marijuana won’t be legal until January 2018, at the earliest, when licensed retail stores would be permitted to open. 

Dick Evans, a Northampton attorney and long time marijuana legalization advocate, hopes the legislature does not tinker with the new law.

"But I have not heard any single valid or meritorious reasons at this point why the will of the voters should not be respected," said Evans.

State health official say they’ll continue efforts to dissuade young people from using marijuana.