2016 Ballot Question 4: Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act , passed November 8, 2016.
Effective December 15, 2016, adults may possess and use marijuana.After required licensing procedures, retail marijuana stores would be permitted to open beginning in January, 2018.
MGL c.94C, s.32L Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
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."
Comm. v. Rodriguez , 472 Mass. 767 (2015). The mere odor of burnt marijuana is insufficient cause to stop a motor vehicle.
- 2008 Statewide Ballot Initiative Question 2:, 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
- 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
Last update: November 14, 2016