Massachusetts Law About Marijuana Possession
- MGL c.94C, s.32L Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Effective January, 2009.
- MGL c.40, s.21D. The procedure to be followed in issuing a citation for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.
- MGL c.94C. Controlled substances act. Includes penalties for other drugs, trafficking or possession of more than one ounce of marijuana.
Comm. v. Cruz, 459 Mass. 459 (2011). "[T]here was no basis on which the police could order the defendant out of the vehicle without at least some other additional fact beyond the mere odor of burnt marijuana... in light of the enactment of G. L. c. 94C, §§ 32L-32N,..., which decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana."
Comm. v. Keefner, 461 Mass. 507 (2012). The law which "decriminalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, did not repeal the offense of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, in violation of G. L. c.94C, § 32C (a), where the amount of marijuana possessed is one ounce or less."
2008 Statewide Ballot Initiative Question 2:"An Act Establishing a Sensible State Marihuana Policy", Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Site provides a lot of detailed information on the following topics: Citation process, Offenders under 18, Law Enforcement issues, Police procedure, Public safety employment issues, Firearms licensing, and Marijuana in the public schools.
Information About Massachusetts' Marijuana Laws, Acton Patch, 2011. Summarizes the law, with particular emphasis on the differences in punishment between adults and children.
Possession of Marihuana after January 2, 2009, District Court Memorandum. Memo explains the procedures courts and law enforcement officials should follow, and how the new law relates to existing laws.
Sample Bylaw: Public Consumption of Marihuana or Tetrahydrocannabinol, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Provides a model bylaw that towns may choose to adopt.
State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues, Congressional Legal Service, 2013. Explores the apparent conflict between federal and state drug laws in light of legalization in Colorado and Washington for small amounts of recreational marijuana.
Deciphering the New Law on Marijuana Possession, MCLE, 2009.