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FAQ About Marijuana Use and Possession in Massachusetts

Recreational marijuana use has recently become legal in Massachusetts, but the laws surrounding it can be tricky to interpret and to keep up with.  And, if you’re ever faced with marijuana-related drug charges, you shouldn’t feel like you have to face them alone.

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Tests for Operating Under the Influence of Marijuana

Under Massachusetts laws, it is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, intoxicating liquor, or narcotic drugs. On suspicion of drugged driving, a police officer may pull your car over and ask you to take field sobriety tests. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you're not under any legal obligation to take a field sobriety test for drugged driving.

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Marijuana Trafficking Charges in Massachusetts

Marijuana laws across the country continue to evolve as more and more states institute legalized medical and recreational marijuana. In 2016, a law was passed in Massachusetts that decriminalized the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana, and in 2018, voters passed another law legalizing recreational marijuana in the commonwealth.

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Legislation to Take Marijuana Off Controlled Substance List

Over the last decade or so, the United States has seen sweeping changes in the marijuana industry. Most of this has been at the state level with 37 states now having legalized medical marijuana and 17 states having legalized recreational marijuana. Many people both inside and outside of the cannabis business see this trend continuing up to the federal level with newly proposed legislation called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.

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Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Marijuana Charges

Several states have made recreational use of marijuana legal, including Massachusetts. That widespread acceptance leads some people to believe that being charged with a marijuana-related crime is “not a big deal.”

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Driving High: What Happens If You Get a Marijuana DUI?

Many people are familiar with laws regarding drunk driving, but they may not know what happens when you’re caught driving under the influence of marijuana.

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You Could Face Charges After Medical Marijuana Legalization

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, cannabis is legal for medical and recreational use. However, strict rules and regulations guide the quantity of cannabis that medical patients and adults can possess, purchase, or cultivate in the state.

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Pulled Over & Charged With Marijuana Possession With Intent to Distribute?

The implications of a drug crime conviction can be far-reaching. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a person may be facing marijuana possession with intent to distribute charges for having a quantity of marijuana that is considerably more than a reasonable amount meant for personal consumption in their possession.

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Mental Health and Criminal Defense

An experienced attorney is necessary for anyone facing criminal charges, but it becomes especially important for those who may be experiencing a mental health condition.

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What You Should Know About Sobriety Tests

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person across the nation dies every 52 minutes from an alcohol-related traffic accident. In Massachusetts in 2018, in the latest statistics available from the NHTSA, there were 360 traffic fatalities, 146 of them relating to alcohol Despite these statistics, many people venture out on the highways with a little too much consumed.

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