BOSTON — Marijuana dispensaries for medical and recreational use could be opening within weeks here on the Southcoast, as well as in many other communities across the state.

With that in mind, the Bay State is sending warnings to drivers about the risks of driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Governor Charlie Baker's Administration has announced the new public education and enforcement campaign. This campaign asks users to consider the alternatives to driving under the influence. It says that it should be considered the same as being under the influence of alcohol, by using a designated driver, taxi, public transportation or ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

In New Bedford, there is a moratorium on the opening of pot shops under the end of September. The City Council is currently considering application letters.

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