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Warrants preventing license renewal?
If you can’t renew your driver’s license due to old Massachusetts warrants or other unresolved Massachusetts legal issues, please call me. I can help.

Ryan asks: Is marijuana legal in Massachusetts?

No, it isn’t.  But as of January 2, 2009, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana became a civil rather than a criminal offense.  The penalty is a $100 fine (which is comparable to the fine for some motor vehicle violations) and forfeiture of the marijuana.  The penalty for individuals under 18 is the same except that they are also required to complete a drug awareness program.

Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is still a criminal offense, and can be punished by up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine.   It is also still a criminal offense to distribute marijuana in any amount.  A first conviction for distributing marijuana carries a jail sentence of up to 2 years and a $500 – $5000 fine.   Subsequent convictions carry a mandatory minimum jail sentence of one year with a maximum of 2 ½ years, and a $1000 – $10,000 fine.

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