Feelings mixed over legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts

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ENFIELD -- While the majority of Americans hit the polls on Election Day to vote for president, those in Massachusetts were also focused on another measure: legalizing recreational marijuana.

It passed.

Amanda Richards voted for the first time, and she did it specifically for marijuana.

"I obviously voted yes, I was super excited to vote for question four I had it in my calendar marked for like two months," Richards said.

A "yes" vote to legalizes marijuana allows people 21 and older to possess, use and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrate, like edibles, and to grow it as well.

It will be regulated and taxes, however, there are concerns for people like Richards, who works in Connecticut but lives in Massachusetts.

"If I leave Mass with flour on me what's going to happen if I get pulled over in Connecticut on my way to my job when I'm carrying stuff legally?" Richards said.

The answer? You would get charged with a crime if you were pulled over in Connecticut, since recreational marijuana is illegal here. However, while in Massachusetts, as long as the marijuana is in a sealed container you would be free to go.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferazza believes that more people from northern Connecticut may try the drug, but said "Massachusetts is their own entity, they do what they want."

However, that doesn't mean local laws will change: "Until Connecticut changes the laws here, it's illegal to possess it, smoke it or have it on your person," he added.

Stephanie Corbin also works in Connecticut but lives in Massachusetts and is upset with the vote.

"I don't think that a person's going to be able to do their job because whoever smokes weed has that free will to come into work high," Corbin said.

Judson Stannard who lives in Enfield, Connecticut, thinks some people will cross the border to get marijuana.

"I think maybe people will head up and take advantage of it," Stannard said.

The law goes into effect on December 15, however dispensaries will not be able to sell marijuana in Massachusetts until 2018.

Click here to read the full law and for an explanation of its workings.