Saturday brings a variety of firsts to the Boston area: The first time a Boston resident can walk to buy recreational marijuana. The first time a Greater Boston community experiences an onslaught of recreational marijuana customers.
And the first time a customer can buy recreational marijuana and then hop right on an MBTA Green Line train.
But there are a few things you should know before you swipe your CharlieCard on your way to New England Treatment Access in Brookline this weekend.
Bus shuttles replacing part of D branch
Before we dig into the rules, there’s a change in MBTA service that you should be aware of. The closest stop to NETA, the Brookline Village stop on the Green Line’s D branch, won’t be open for train service Saturday.
In fact, shuttle buses will be replacing train service from Kenmore Station to Reservoir Station on the D branch on Saturday, affecting five station stops in between.
The shuttle buses are part of pre-scheduled maintenance work to “bring the Green Line track and signal systems into a state of good repair,” the MBTA service alert wrote.
The shuttle service begins Saturday and will run on weekends through May 5, excluding two weekends in April.
The MBTA says riders should expect an extra 20 minutes of travel time.
Riders who want to avoid the shuttle buses can instead take the Green Line’s E branch, and use the Riverway stop, which is just a short walk away. The Route 66 bus also stops nearby.
As for the rules, let’s start with the basics.
Smoking of any kind, including traditional cigarettes and joints, as well as e-cigarettes and vaporizers, is not allowed at MBTA stations or on any MBTA vehicles.
The MBTA says that failure to follow this rule could result in a ticket and a fine.
Don’t use marijuana products in public spaces
Massachusetts law prohibits the use of any marijuana products in any form on public or federal land.
So before you pull out your edibles on the train, remember: You can’t eat them in public.
(For what it’s worth, the T also prohibits eating and drinking on MBTA vehicles, based on the rider etiquette guidelines posted to its website.)
Use common sense
Ultimately, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the best way to avoid trouble is to make smart decisions.
“The use of sound practical judgment is an exceedingly good way to avoid any problems,” Pesaturo said in an e-mail.