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Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Justices determined that there is a lack of scientific consensus as to the validity of FSTs for determining whether a subject is under the influence of cannabis. They opined: “There is ongoing disagreement … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Reject Tax Hike — No More Changes to Question 4

Update: House leaders abruptly pulled the bill from the calendar after hearing complaints from constituents. Update: Governor Charlie Baker has expressed skepticism regarding the proposed tax increase. You have spoken. Are your elected officials listening? On Election Day, 54 percent of voters decided in favor of Question 4: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Support Legislation to End Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Consumers

Legislation is pending before the House, H 113, to prohibit employers from discriminating against patients who legally consume marijuana during non-work hours. Additional legislation, H 2385, would expand protections for medical marijuana patients so that they may not be discriminated against with regard to housing, higher education, and child custody issues.  Changes in the legal … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Support Legislation to End Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Consumers

Legislation is pending before the House, H 113, to prohibit employers from discriminating against patients who legally consume marijuana during non-work hours. Additional legislation, H 2385, would expand protections for medical marijuana patients so that they may not be discriminated against with regard to housing, higher education, and child custody issues.  Changes in the legal … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Lawmakers Amend Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Measure

With little debate, House and Senate lawmakers voted today to significantly amend Massachusetts’ voter-initiated marijuana law. The vote sets the stage to delay the establishment of state-licensed marijuana retail facilities from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. Governor Charlie Baker, who campaigned against the initiative, must still sign off on the law change. Separate … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Over a Century Of Cannabis Criminalization Comes to an End

Massachusetts today became the sixth US state to enact legislation eliminating criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis. The law change ends over a century-long policy of criminal cannabis prohibition in the Bay State. Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to criminalize the use of marijuana — a … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: No Delays, Implement Question 4

You have spoken. Are your elected officials listening? On Election Day, 54 percent of voters decided in favor of Question 4: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act – permitting adults to legally grow and to possess marijuana for personal use, while also establishing regulations governing commercial cannabis cultivation and capping taxes on retail sales. … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Lawmakers Fail To Act On Marijuana Legalization Measure

Lawmakers failed to take action on legislation, H. 1561: The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act of 2016, to permit the personal possession, cultivation and retail sale of marijuana to adults. The measure would have also permitted home cultivation of the plant for non-commercial purposes. A coalition of more than a dozen bipartisan Massachusetts lawmakers introduced the Act … Continue reading »

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