Imagine if alcohol was legal, but bars were not.
Sure, you could drink legally in your home, and there would be designated stores where you could buy beer, wine, and liquor. But there wouldn’t be any businesses — no bars, no restaurants, no music venues or theaters — where you could buy a pint and actually drink it.
That’s what the new recreational marijuana market in Massachusetts will be like for at least its first year.
The 2016 ballot question legalizing marijuana allowed the state to license “cannabis cafes” and other social consumption establishments, where adults can purchase and consume marijuana on the