The state is asking cities and towns to consider passing ordinances criminalizing the use of marijuana in public.
The request comes as a new Massachusetts law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of the drug is poised to go into effect Friday.
Under a November referendum, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by only a $100 fine.
The new law also decriminalizes hashish and hash oil.
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