Marijuana laws: how does Massachusetts compare?

Courtney Rickert

As of November 5th, 2014, voters in Oregon, Washington D.C, and Alaska have voted positively in the legalization of recreational marijuana usage.  These laws will legalize personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people who are 21 years or older.

And what does that mean for Massachusetts? According to CNN:

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The current laws in Massachusetts have marijuana decriminalized to a certain extent.  If a person is carrying one ounce of marijuana or less for personal use, it is seen as a civil offense with a maximum fine of $100 dollars. Possessing more than an ounce is considered a misdemeanor and can lead to six months incarceration.

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Massachusetts also has enacted a medical marijuana law: medical marijuana law

According to Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of NORML, a national group that is pro-legalization of marijuana, states “In 2016, Massachusetts will find itself in the crosshairs for cannabis reform.”

Pro-legalization advocates as well as analysts agree that public support of legalization will be extremely dominant during this election year, due to the amount of young voters.

It seems as though things are progressing rapidly for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Massachusetts, but we’re going to have to wait until 2016 to see the public’s final vote on the matter.

What’s your take on the matter? Vote here:
http://goo.gl/XepQwU

Sources:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/04/politics/marijuana-2014/
http://norml.org/legal/item/massachusetts-medical-marijuana
http://norml.org/laws/item/massachusetts-penalties-2

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