Massachusetts: Legal Challenge Argues State Pot Laws Are Unconstitutional

Boston, MA: A Boston judge will rule on Monday whether to allow evidence to be presented at a pre-trial hearing regarding the constitutionality of the state’s marijuana prohibition laws. The legal challenge, launched by NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup and High Times Magazine Associate Publisher Rick Cusick, argues that scientific and epidemiological evidence affirming the relative safety of marijuana does not support a criminal ban on the drug’s possession and use.

Stroup and Cusick, who are expected to acknowledge at trial that they were sharing a joint when arrested at the 2007 Boston Freedom Rally, are prepared to call numerous experts – including Dr. Lester Grinspoon (Harvard Medical School), Richard Bonnie, Esq. (University of Virginia Law School), Dr. Jeffrey Miron (Harvard University), and Dr. Keith Saunders (Northeastern University) – if their request for an evidentiary hearing is granted.

The defendants and their counsel will appear at trial in Boston Municipal Court, courtroom #10, at 9:00 AM, Monday, May 12.

For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel, at (202) 483-5500, keith@norml.org or visit: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=7494.