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Drug Crime Charges in Massachusetts

In the state of Massachusetts, drug charges are classified by classes depending on the drug in your possession at the time of your arrest. Boston drug crime charges and the penalties served will also be determined by the amount of the drug found in your possession. Depending on the amount found, your charge can be increased from simple marijuana possession to possession with intent to sell, which is a significantly harsher sentencing.

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Massachusetts Drug Possession Laws & Penalties

In Boston, illegal substances are organized by class, and possessing these banned substances will result in a possession charge. According to MGL c. 94c s. 31, an individual can be charged with possessing a controlled substance if they have a classified illegal substance. The substance must be in the individual's control, such as in their hands, pockets, or otherwise.

This applies to most controlled substances; however, when it comes to heroin, an individual can be charged with possession if they are in the presence of the drug. The classification of the substance heavily impacts the penalties associated with possession.

Class A Drugs include morphine, GHB, heroin, and fentanyl.

  • ​​​​​Punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Class B drugs include cocaine, LSD, Oxycontin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and PCP.

    • Punishable by up to 1 years in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    Class C drugs include vicodin, valium, and clonzepam

    • Punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    Class D & E drugs include marijuana and small amounts of medication containing codeine.

    • Punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a $500 fine, and a 1-year license suspension.

    Is Marijuana Legal in Massachusetts?

    Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts. In 2016, Massachusetts legalized the recreational use of marijuana, allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their home and up to 10 ounces within the home.
    The law also allowed homeowners to grow up to six marijuana plants in their residence, with the ability to gift one ounce of marijuana to another individual. If you are found to have more than the authorized amount, you can be charged with drug possession and trafficking.

    Contact a Boston Drug Lawyer Today

    Whether you've been charged with possession of narcotics, intent to sell, drug trafficking, or drug manufacturing, our Boston criminal defense lawyers can help! Contact us today.

    If you face drug charges of any kind, reach out to our drug crimes lawyers in Boston at (617) 206-4675.