Archive for January 25, 2009

Are You Cheating Yourself of 280 Joints?

According to Lt. Maguire of the Weston Police Department, ‘One ounce of marijuana is the equivalent of 200 to 300 joints’. (Wicked Local)

I’m no expert, but if a joint is 1-2 grams, and there are 28.3 grams in an ounce… then, well, it stands to reason that 28/2 = 300.

The state of Massachusetts urged towns to pass local ordinances banning public use of marijuana . Some towns are considering adding additional fines, whereas others, as urged by the state, want to make public use an arrestable, criminal offense.

The danger with the second possibility is that things could go the way of New York, where the first two counts of small possession are civil citations, but possession of any amount which is ‘burning or open to public view’ is charged as if it were possession of more than an ounce (a misdemeanor).

Advocates of the proposed laws argue that this is just a ‘tweak’ to make sure that smoking marijuana in public is illegal. They seem to have missed the fact that smoking marijuana anywhere is still illegal. Next, I expect them to pass laws banning smoking a joint with your left hand, or with your right, or while standing on one foot, or while wearing the color blue, or… you get the idea.

They also seem to have conveniently forgotten that smoking any substance in a public building is already illegal by state law as well:

“Smoking” or “smoke”, [is] the lighting of a cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco product or possessing a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco or non-tobacco product designed to be combusted and inhaled.

Call me crazy, but I think that smoking a joint would count as ‘posessing a lighted non-tobacco product designed to be combusted or inhaled’.

Several towns are following the requests of the state and are proposing laws to ban public use – or even ban possession (again).

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January 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment


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