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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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Massachusetts

massA initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Massachusetts was filed this morning with the office of state Attorney General Maura Healy. The measure was filed by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

“Next year, voters will have the opportunity to end the failed policy of prohibition and replace it with a more sensible system,” says campaign director Will Luzier, a former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. “Marijuana is significantly less harmful than alcohol, and our laws should reflect that.”

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Massachusetts Legalization Campaign to be Led by Former Assistant Attorney General

The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday that former assistant attorney general Will Luzier will leadmassa the campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts.

In addition to serving as assistant attorney general of Massachusetts, Luzier served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention from 2008 until April 2015.

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Bill to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Massachusetts Legislature

Legislationcannabud to legalize the possession, cultivation and distribution of cannabis for recreational purposes has been filed in Massachusetts’ House of Representatives. The measure is being pushed by the Marijuana Policy Project, which was instrumental in passing legalization initiatives in Colorado and Alaska.

House Bill 1561 would allow those 21 and older to possess and cultivate cannabis, and would create a regulated system of licensed cannabis retail stores, cultivation facilities, processing facilities and testing facilities. It’s sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 15 lawmakers.

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