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THE DIG’S 2013 STUDENT GUIDE: WEED LAWS

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Congrats, kids!

You live in Massachusetts, where our marijuana policies are among the most forward-thinking in the country.

In 2008, ballot question 2 received a 65 percent majority and decriminalized the possession of under an ounce of marijuana. Remember that “decriminalized” does not equal “legal.” Under decriminalization measures, possession by someone 18 years of age or up is a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine. Plus, it can’t go on your criminal record, so no employer is going to see a drug infraction and think you were a junkie just because you like to spark occasionally.

There’s even a piece written into the legislation that says that a school can’t deny you financial aid if you get caught. Not bad, right?

Even so, if you’re under 18, the punishment is considerably harsher (like, they’ll call your parents and you’ll have to take a drug awareness program or else pay a hefty fine). Get caught with more than an ounce and you could see some jail time, so just don’t do it.

Besides, why do you even need that much weed at one time? No one thinks you’re cool!

If you get caught with less than an ounce, the officer will probably ask for your name and mail you a fine that has to be paid within 21 days. Just pay the damn thing, and you’ll be allowed to go on your way. If you decline to give your name, you may be giving the officer probable cause and they’ll be able to get a warrant to search the rest of your ass. You’re within your rights to decline, but in our experience, it’s best to just pay the damn thing.

Remember, police officers in Boston don’t want to ruin your life for experimenting with the green wizard (that’s a name for weed, right?) but they do want to make sure you know the consequences.

If you stay safe and don’t act like a n00b, college is going to be super fun.

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