Boston Casinos Won’t Allow Marijuana Inside

The state of Massachusetts is set to legalize marijuana for recreational use within the next month. But while Quaker State residents will be able to smoke weed legally, one place they can’t bring marijuana is state-licensed casinos.

“The good news is that the casinos in this state are non-smoking,” said Enrique Zuniga, who’s on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Zuniga’s comments came from a discussion with Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the commission. Zuniga recently said that Massachusetts’ ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana is “a very big change in the state’s social landscape.”

He added, “It’s a big enough deal that we need to know what the implications are for casinos.”

According to the Boston Globe, the legalization referendum, known as Question 4, was approved by 54 percent of voters.

Despite the positive vote, commission member Gayle Cameron said that casino visitors won’t be allowed to smoke marijuana in public places, including the state’s casinos in Plainridge, Everett, and Springfield.

However, Zuniga pointed out that tobacco is allowed in a designated area outside the Plainridge casino, leading to speculation that marijuana could perhaps be included too.

Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., commission executive director, also wonders if marijuana-infused products like brownies will be allowed in casinos. After all, they don’t have anything to do with smoking, which is banned in most public places.

Bedrosian went further by questioning what will happen with marijuana use in hotel rooms at the MGM Resorts casino in Springfield, which is set to open in 2018, and Everett’s Wynn Resorts casino, which will open in 2019.

Crosby said that the commission is going to contact gaming commissions in Colorado and Oregon, where marijuana is legal, to see where they allow smoking.

Massachusetts has had an active history of marijuana legalization matters recently.

In 2008, voters approved a ballot that replaced criminal penalties for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana with lesser civil penalties.

In 2012, voters backed a measure to make marijuana legal for medical use. The 2016 vote will now allow smoke shops to begin selling marijuana in January 2018.

Given the way that things are going in the state, it wouldn’t be a surprise if marijuana is allowed in casinos in some form, whether it be brownies or actually smoking it.