Commission recommends extending Massachusetts open container law to marijuana | masslive.com

By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.comsschoenberg@repub.comToday, driving with an open container of alcohol in the car is prohibited under Massachusetts law. Driving with an open bag of marijuana in the car is not.A commission looking at the state’s drunk driving laws wants to similarly prohibit driving with an open container of marijuana, making it a civil infraction punishable by a $500 fine.John Scheft, an attorney with Bellotti Law Group and a member of a Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving, said one survey of Arlington high school students found that students are most likely to smoke marijuana in a car, since they cannot smoke at home or in school.“You give out a few $500 tickets, I’m not saying people won’t do weed, but they won’t do it in a car,” Scheft said at a recent commission meeting.

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