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October 2016 Archives

Opponents of legalizing marijuana worry about drugged driving

Voters in Massachusetts will soon decide whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state. The bill has both proponents and opponents. If the bill passes, then the sale of marijuana would be taxable.

A patch and a smartphone could cut down on drunk driving

People in Massachusetts and across the country could one day be using their smartphones to tell them when they are too drunk to drive. A system is under development that involves a smartphone app paired with a wearable device that detects blood alcohol content through perspiration.

Report reveals harsh sentencing in drug possession cases

Massachusetts residents may be interested in the contents of a report from the American Civil Liberties Union that has found that people with relatively low-level drug offenses may still be facing lengthy sentences. According to the ACLU, decades of imprisoning people for drug use and possession has not caused the rate of drug use to decline, and the organization recommends harm reduction, decriminalization and education over charging people with felonies.

Failing field sobriety tests when sober

Is it possible to fail a field sobriety test if you are sober? Unfortunately, these tests are unreliable and it is indeed possible to fail them when you're sober. If you are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, you may be asked by a police officer to complete one or more of these tests. By law, you can refuse to take any sobriety test except a breathalyzer -- and you should.

A prosecutor's obligation to reveal evidence

People in Massachusetts may not be aware of a law regarding criminal cases that is sometimes known as the Brady rule. According to this rule, a prosecutor must inform the defense if evidence is discovered that is favorable and material to the defense's case. However, many prosecutors fail to do this. They often claim that they were unaware or they did not think the evidence was important.

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