Friday, January 02, 2009

Marijuana Possession Law Effective Today

The new law decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, St.2008, c.387,  is effective today.  A great site provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security summarizes the law:

"As of January 2, possession of an ounce or less of marihuana or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) will be a civil offense, punishable by a civil penalty of $100 and forfeiture of the marijuana under a new Section 32L of chapter 94C of the Massachusetts General Laws.  Additional provisions apply to violators under the age of 18.  Records of this new civil offense (a “Section 32L violation ”) will not be entered into the criminal offender record information, or “CORI,” system. "

We've linked to this and several other  sources that explain or analyze the law on our  new page, Massachusetts Law About Marijuana Possession.