Copied from the Boston Globe (not known for their accuracy) Massachusetts’ new pot rules:
Can I get in trouble for buying marijuana from an unlicensed seller?
Under state law, selling marijuana without a license is against the law. Buying it is not. So the seller takes most of the risk. Federal law is another matter, but few experts believe individual consumers will be targeted for prosecution.
How much marijuana can I grow at home?
You can grow up to six plants at home, or 12 if more than one adult lives there. You’re allowed to possess the amount harvested from those plants, even if it exceeds 10 ounces. You can gift your home-grown pot to friends, but you can’t sell it or barter it for other goods and services. Good news for would-be home-growers: The cannabis commission recently decided that retail pot shops can sell seeds and clones to consumers.
So no barter or selling unlicensed. Gifting up to an oz per individual is ok. Growing is ok up to a limit with the penalty being limited to the destruction of the offending quantity.
I'll have to read the actually legislation as there may be a specific test for the quantity of plants exceeding a certain upper limit at which point it becomes criminal. Also, I thought there was a definition somewhere about what constitutes an actual plant, mature vs immature. Anyone have a reference on this?
Also, apparently, about half of the towns have banned marijuana retailers and cultivators at least until July 1st of this year (delay). He might have violated local ordinance for his town in this way.
I don't know. Maybe someone with a more up-to-date understanding of the MA laws and their implications could chime in. Typical for the east coast is for any legislation to be full of holes and grey areas. Would like to understand the underlying situation more.