In light of U.S Attorney General Jeff Session’s recently-reported pledge to roll back Obama-era policies around state-regulated marijuana prosecution, Massachusetts’ new U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has revealed how he and his office plan to approach cannabis crimes. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect going forth.
As of 2016, voters in Massachusetts voted to decriminalize recreational cannabis use. According to that legislation, people 21 and over can possess up to ten ounces of marijuana in their residencies, as long as they purchase it legally from state-regulated businesses. Furthermore, one may possess up to one ounce outside the primary residence, or up to five grams of marijuana concentrate, as well as gift up to one ounce to another person. An adult can also have up to 12 marijuana plants inside his or her home.
The New Policy
However, since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions relayed his commitment to continue prosecution of marijuana users, newly elected Senator Andrew Lelling has stated he plans to adjust the regulations slightly. In an article written earlier this month, Lelling pledged to continue prosecuting bulk traffickers and criminal gangs caught with cannabis. Individual users who comply with state laws will still be protected from criminal charges.
Lelling stated, “This office will pursue federal marijuana crimes as part of its overall approach to reducing violent crime, stemming the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantling criminal gangs, and in particular the threat posed by bulk trafficking of marijuana, which has had a devastating impact on local communities.”
Legal Help Available When Needed
In the wake of these subtle changes, Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law is ready to provide trusted legal counsel to Amherst-area clients facing drug charges. Contact our esteemed office at (413) 256-6234 to schedule an initial consultation with a criminal defense attorney who cares.