Officials: If you celebrate pot holiday, do so responsibly

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 30: Cannabis is displayed at Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary before the midnight start of recreational marijuana sales on June 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On July 1, Nevada joins seven other states allowing recreational marijuana use and becomes the first of four states that voted to legalize recreational sales […]

Massachusetts officials are calling on recreational marijuana users who plan to celebrate “420” to do so responsibly.

April 20 has for decades been recognized by pot enthusiasts as a counter-culture holiday of sorts, but the legalization in several states has brought 420 more into the mainstream lately. While there are no known plans for large-scale celebrations in Massachusetts on Saturday, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission notes it’ll be the first occasion since licensed marijuana retail stores opened.

The commission, law enforcement officials and cannabis business organizations are reminding consumers — and pot shops — to know the law and act accordingly.

Those laws prohibit driving under the influence of marijuana, using the drug in public places or selling it to minors.

Lawmakers in Rhode Island and Connecticut are currently considering whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

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