Massachusetts Police Chiefs Legalize Marijuana

Police chiefs in towns like Auburn and Clinton, Massachusetts would undoubtedly deny that they have any interest in legalizing marijuana, but that’s what they’re about to effectively accomplish. Bent out of shape by the details of Question 2, the decriminalization measure that voters passed in November, those law-enforcement officials have announced that they won’t bother issuing tickets to people caught smoking marijuana.

The new law, in effect since Friday, replaces criminal penalties with a $100 fine for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The text of the law also forbids any repercussions whatsoever, from denial of student loans to inclusion in a criminal record to consideration during applications for status as an adoptive parent.

But in what is likely a clever sleight of hand by legalization advocates, the law, by pulling arrest off the table as an option, deprives police officers of any means to compel people caught with marijuana to show identification. Anybody willing to say “Donald Duck” to a cop who nabs him with a joint and asks for a name can escape even the $100 fine.

And that’s a good thing.

Marijuana is now not only de facto legal in a few Massachusetts communities because police find the requirements of decriminalization too demanding, it is now effectively sanction-free in the entire state for anybody willing to face down a cop.

The added benefit is that the state will not be collecting much revenue from those fines. Anything that denies resources to the government is a good thing.

Governments never had the right to tell consenting adults what they can and can’t buy from and sell to each other, or put into their own bodies. We’re not quite at the point where politicians are willing to concede that point. But we’re getting closer when police simply throw up their hands and effectively allow people to exercise their rights unmolested.

– Article from the Civil Liberties Examiner

Police Call New Pot Law Unenforceable

BOSTON (UPI) – Some police chiefs in Massachusetts say a state law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana is unenforceable.

The law which took effect Friday, calls for police to issue $100 civil citations for possession of an ounce or less, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. The old law made possession of even small amounts punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.

Dozens of police chiefs say their officers aren’t ticketing people they see smoking marijuana because they have no way of establishing their identity, said John M. Collins, general counsel for the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

Previously, officers could threaten people with arrest to force them to show identification. Now they can’t force marijuana smokers to show IDs. And they say there is no penalty if a smoker gives a fake name.

“Many of them are saying that until the law gets straightened out, we’re not going to let our people waste their time chasing their tails on this,” Collins said.

– Article from United Press International.



  1. man4cannabis on

    get high on milk idiot our cows are on grass loll

  2. Big Wagon Jim on

    Don’t listen to them,Marc.I’ll visit you in the slammer.I’ll bake you a cake with a big file in it,so, please be careful you don’t chip your teeth AGAIN.Also, let’s see what you think of the weed situation, her current state of affairs, when you try to mooch in on someone else’s weed by dropping your name.

  3. Phil on

    Marc Emery is my hero.Nice job as always,Mr.Emery.

  4. fuck british steel on

    instead of a comedy heres a reality check for ya buddy, Marc Emery is a true patriot not just to marijuana reform but to his country! I dont know marc and jodie personally but i know people and they are two of the best in the world, it takes alot more brains and guts to do what Marc does! HERES THE REAL COMEDY YOU BRIT! YOU PLAYIN WITH YOURSELF AT THAT LOSER STEEL FACTORY WHILE MARC AND JODIE ARE SMOKIN A BIG FAT JOINT AND LIVIN IT UP!

  5. Respect420 on

    What a goof. Marc is a huge hero to many, many people. We love you Marc!

  6. Anonymous on

    Sounds like your not happy with your life RBS? Is everything alright at home? Marc and Jodie are two of the happiest people I have ever seen. And this makes you envious because they have their mission in life figured out. If you are looking for a buffooon just look in the mirror and stay off this site. Your not wanted here. Go sell some steel or whatever “useful” thing you do with your time. happy 2009 loser.

  7. Real British Steel on

    Whatsay,you make the cannabis situation into a comedy.Here’s one:Marc Emery is going to penitentary because he’s an obvious outright buffoon.Marc Emery’s NO hero;just a false-cause nobody with a Pied Piper complex.See how it plays to Tiny in the next cell over!