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Marijuana becomes legal in Massachusetts on Thursday — but don’t go walking down the street smoking it

Any Massachusetts resident over 21 can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside their home Thursday — but don’t go walking down the street smoking it.

Though the ballot question approved by voters Nov. 8 is scheduled to go into effect, the law doesn’t allow using pot in public places, nor selling it.

And so Massachusetts enters a legal “gray period,” Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the group RegulateMass, which sponsored the ballot initiative, told the Associated Press.

“It is legal to possess,” Borghesani said. “It is illegal to sell without a retail license and retail licenses won’t be available for quite a while.”

Selling marijuana without a license before the regulated market is established will remain a crime punishable by up to two years of incarceration and up to a $5,000 fine.

Borghesani told the AP Colorado, Washington and other places which previously legalized marijuana went through similar transition periods without major problems.

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