MBTA Transit Police offer tips to pot smokers on how to avoid tickets, arrests

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Last week two men were in hot water after Transit Police caught them smoking some pot at the JFK/UMass MBTA station. It turns out, T riders who get are caught smoking or carrying marijuana have a lot of questions for Transit Police, mainly, ‘I thought it was legal, why am I getting a ticket?’

So Transit Police took to their blog to dish out some information on having marijuana in the MBTA. 

Here’s a breakdown:

  • It’s not okay to smoke a joint on the platform, or on the bus.
  • Possession of a small quantity of pot still carries a fine of $100, even though voters in 2008 decriminalized having less than an ounce.
  • Riders who have a warrant out for their arrest should not draw attention to themselves on the T, i.e., don’t smoke pot on the T.
  • If you sell a bag of weed in the MBTA, you will get arrested – even if it is less than an ounce. The state decriminalized the possession of marijuana – not the sale.

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