Massachusetts went green back in November when voters approved a ballot question allowing individuals over the age of 21 to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana.
However, progress isn't happening fast enough for the enterprising types. Individuals are not permitted to sell marijuana, and Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a bill delaying retail sales until the middle of 2018.
However, one clever entrepreneur is making the most of the situation — by offering "free" dispensary grade marijuana on Craigslist.
It's still a money making operation. The seller is technically auctioning off empty sandwich bags — the weed inside is simply a free gift!
Interested buyers can purchase "sandwich bags" ranging from $20 to $325 — and they just so happen to contain a gram to just under an ounce of marijuana.
However, some authority figures are less-than-amused by the stunt.
"The ads are illegal," Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan told New England Public Radio. "It's illegal to sell marijuana in Massachusetts even with the new ballot initiative."
In fact, Sullivan plans on having police investigate the situation.
"To say an empty baggie costs $350 is ridiculous," he said. "I think it's a clear fraud on its face."
The new law does allow for legal gifts of up to an ounce of marijuana, but gifts cannot be advertised to the public.... So that's where our Craigslist entrepreneur went wrong.
According to the legislation:
Section 7. Personal use of marijuana […] (4) giving away or otherwise transferring without remuneration up to 1 ounce of marijuana…to a person 21 years of age or older, as long as the transfer is not advertised or promoted to the public.”
Perhaps the recent media attention rattled the seller, identified only as "Corey," because the ad's text has since been changed.
It now reads:
I’m not advertising free marijuana gifts. Oh no. I’m just saying that I’m awesome. E-mail me and we can go out for dinner. And talk more about the subject. smoke a fatty. And chill. I’m not advertising free marijuana gifts.
...Best of luck to all involved (h/t nepr)