What is the Best Way to Beat a Drug Possession Charge? Motion To Suppress

A Motion to Suppress the Evidence against you in a drug case is often your best opportunity to beat a drug possession charge. If the drugs are entered into evidence at trial, it can be much more difficult to establish that the drugs may not have belonged to the defendant.

However, police officers still regularly and routinely execute illegal searches of either a vehicle or a person.

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Not Just Dookhan: Crime Labs Should Be a National Scandal

The relatively recent case of Annie Dookhan bungling an untold number of cases in Massachusetts drug lab where she worked might be shocking, but it’s not new. Over the past several years, crime labs across the country have been under scrutiny for everything from a lack of proper standards to poor hiring practices and little oversight. While the case of Dookhan is serious, to be sure, it is only a symptom of the bigger problem.

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Massachusetts Physicians And The New Medical Marijuana Regulations

Massachusetts Physicians and the New Medical Marijuana Regulations

Now that permanent regulations governing the distribution and use of medical marijuana have been adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Health (DOH), all physicians and patients must carefully comply with these guidelines. After all, it’s still a violation of federal law to buy, use or sell marijuana. As part our our continuing series examining the new medical marijuana law as part of changes to Massachusetts drug laws, let’s examine how it affects medical practitioners.

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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Regulations:  Key Definitions

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Regulations: Key Definitions

Now that the state of Massachusetts has finalized its regulations governing the sale of medical marijuana, it’s important to understand the definitions  If you are interested in the use of medical pot, or the legal infrastructure around it’s availability, it requires a bit of reading. The good news is that the state seems to have done a reasonably thorough job of mapping out the path to medical marijuana in Massachusetts.

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Mass Supreme Judicial Court: Sharing A Joint Not A Crime

Mass Supreme Judicial Court: Sharing a Joint Not a Crime

In light of the 2009 law that decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, people have felt a bit more free to have pot on them without risking a jail sentence. Still, questions and challenges within the courts were inevitable and a few recent rulings from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts have served to clear a few things up.

Firstly, it is not against the law to share a joint.

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Current Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations Overview

Current Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations Overview

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s draft regulations for handling the sale of medical marijuana are now posted on its website. Details addressed include specific medical condition eligibility, which medical professionals can prescribe, defining a legal 60 day medical supply, and when patients have the right to grow their own. Ongoing debate regarding these regulations will continue through April 20th.  The Massachusetts Public Health Council still hopes to pass a final draft of these regulations on May 8, 2013.  If that occurs, these legal guidelines will take effect on May 24, 2013.

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Mass. Medical Marijuana Industry Prepares For Take-Off

Mass. Medical Marijuana Industry Prepares for Take-Off

When medical marijuana legislation comes to town, money stands to be made—a whole lot of it. Budding entrepreneurs and existing business success stories are waiting in the wings for the Massachusetts medical marijuana program to be finalized so they can get started in the new  territory. From dispensary operators, to edible-manufacturers, consulting firms, and attorneys—there are many opportunities to make some serious money off of the marijuana movement.

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Medical Marijuana Law Needs To Be Implemented Promptly

Medical Marijuana Law Needs to be Implemented Promptly

Many Massachusetts cities are towns are hoping to slow down or stop the medical marijuana ballot initiative passed by Massachusetts voters in November of 2012. The state’s voters legalized, by a wide margin, the dispensing of medical marijuana to ease the pain of those with serious medical conditions like ALS, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. A physician can prescribe marijuana for medical use, and a patient receives a registration card allowing them a 60 day supply. From the start, there is no ‘carte blanche,’ no unlimited access. 

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Drug Dealing

Drug Dealing

Arrested in Massachusetts for Drug Dealing? Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute is a very serious charge in Massachusetts, with a strong likelihood of jail time if convicted. Drug dealing and distribution charges can be a particularly complicated area…

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