Since our nation as a whole is changing its perspective about the use of marijuana, both for medical and recreational purposes, it is only natural that our state begins to make new judicial decisions concerning laws about the drug. A decision regarding marijuana possession inside a person's vehicle has recently been ruled in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This new decision has made it illegal for an officer of the law to continue searching a citizen's vehicle and ultimately make a drug arrest based on the smell of unburnt marijuana in the car if a legal amount of the drug has already been found.
In 2008, our state decriminalized having small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Using this law as the basis of their investigation, the Supreme Judicial Court decided to examine a case in a lower court to determine the legality of the police search and resulting arrest. This case concerns the actions taken by police officers after responding to a car accident.