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Obama continues to commute drug offender sentences

Massachusetts residents may be surprised to learn that President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of more federal prisoners than the last nine chief executives combined. The White House announced on Nov. 22 that Obama had commuted the sentences of a further 79 nonviolent drug offenders, which brings his total commutations since taking office to more than 1,000.

Studies show field tests for marijuana are not reliable

On Nov. 8, Massachusetts residents voted to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Now that people in the state are able to smoke pot without risk of criminal prosecution, there are concerns that there will be more car accidents caused by drivers who are impaired by the drug. However, a scientific testing process to measure marijuana impairment has not yet been created.

Former NFL player Greg Hardy faces drug charges

Massachusetts fans of former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy may have heard that he was facing drug-related charges. On Sept. 26, his car was searched in Dallas during a traffic stop. Officers found what they believed to be cocaine, but Hardy said he did not know why it was in his car.

What are the penalties for a first-time OUI?

Being arrested for OUI, operating under the influence, in Massachusetts is a serious matter that can adversely affect your life in many ways. If this is your first arrest for OUI, you are likely concerned about the potential penalties you will face if convicted. OUI convictions incur both administrative and criminal penalties, so it is important to understand the potential penalties associated with a first-time OUI conviction.

Suit filed by man who was falsely charged with meth possession

Not every person who is charged with possessing drugs in Massachusetts is guilty. It is possible for someone to be falsely accused even after drug tests pull up positive results. A recent case in Florida shows the problems that faulty preliminary drug tests can cause.

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