Cannabis Possession Doesn’t Justify Police Stop, Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules

gavelThe Massachusetts Supreme Court, in a 5 to 2 vote, has ruled that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of cannabis.

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of a 2008 law that decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, Justice Margot Botsford wrote in the majority opinion.

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