Laws permitting the sale and personal use of recreational marijuana come into force Sunday in Massachusetts and Vermont, respectively.
In Massachusetts, adults 21 and over can legally purchase recreational marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries starting Sunday, July 1, when parts of a pot law approved by voters in November 2016 take effect.
In Vermont, meanwhile, adults can legally posses, use and grow the plant for personal use beginning Sunday because of a first-of-its-kind recreational law passed by the state legislature in January.
Both marijuana laws will take effect as efforts intensify on Capitol Hill to federally decriminalize the plant, potentially removing obstacles affecting the cannabis industry in the swelling number of states where the plant is allowed for either recreational or medicinal purposes.
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act and prohibited under federal law. Most states have passed legislation permitting the plant for medicinal purposes, however, and nine including Massachusetts and Vermont have approved recreational, or “adult use” marijuana laws.
Massachusetts will become the seventh of the nine recreational marijuana states to permit