Massachusetts Says Odor Isn’t Evidence

Medical marijuana isn’t legal in Massachusetts (yet) but two years ago possession of any pot (to a maxium quantity of one ounce) was decriminalized, and made a civil offense rather than a criminal one

That was a great first step, but on Tuesday the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) improved upon the 2008 decision: it ruled that the mere odor of marijuana smoke was not enough to give law enforcement officers the right to order a driver or passenger to leave their parked vehicle, as long as driving under the influence was not an issue.

We applaud the Massachusetts SJC for this decision, but think they should follow the West Coast in making medical marijuana a legal option for its citizenry.

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5 Responses to Massachusetts Says Odor Isn’t Evidence

  1. CannaConnoisseur says:

    Absolutely, this is a great step but as the article said, it’s just one small step for man and one giant leap… well no I’m not going to be that cliche.

  2. lindzzz says:

    Yes, if we can take that from them and they can take our medical marijuana laws then it would be a great combo. Still, we can give them a golf clap right?

  3. happygrow says:

    One step in the right direction. Hopefully they will follow that step with medicinal usage being passed!

  4. Kushie Q says:

    Ok, I agree one small step. But seriously when is this country going to grow up and realize it is time we need to really walk forward. This is an issue we have been fighting for years and it seems only baby steps are all that we can accomplish. Ok so I agree kudos for the small step, but let’s stand up and walk.

  5. SkillitHits247 says:

    A little step is better than no step or a step back; this is where the ‘should-be-patient’ residents and can have their voice heard for a change for this obvious need of medicine. Just like the other states legalize MMJ, it is only a matter of time; but patients and qualified-patients need to speak up to make this movement into reality.