BOSTON — Four months after marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, people still are getting arrested for pot-related offenses, and police are refusing to give back confiscated drugs, according to court records and interviews with law enforcement officials.
The voter-approved law allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public and up to 10 ounces at home, and to grow up to a dozen plants on their property. The law also allows retail sales, but pot shops aren’t expected to open until the middle of next year.
Until then, marijuana buyers and sellers still face arrest.
Essex County courts arraigned at least 41 people on marijuana-related charges from Dec. 15, when pot became legal to possess and use, through April 4, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.
Charges ranged from possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, a misdemeanor that carries up to two years in prison