On (not in) paper, possession of under an ounce of pot is a civil offense. If you’re caught, it’s supposed to be a $100 fine and no CORI record of a crime.
Back in the real world, the heat from Attorney General Martha Coakley to various mayors to district attorneys are pissed. They want various combinations of stronger local ordinances and regulations. On the face of it, they seem petulant that 65% of voters went against their long list of reasons to defeat the question.
They’d have it that criminal prosecution of small amounts of grass for personal use protects us from drug addiction, related crimes, auto fatalities and more. Libertarians and many progressives say police power should go to real crime and that prohibition didn’t work here any more than it did with booze.
Join us live Tuesday, January 6th at 2:30, or check back here anytime afterward.Â The three usual suspects will try to separate the hysteria from the reality as Massachusetts becomes one of 11 states with some marijuana decriminalization.