Decisions: Marijuana Is Still Illegal

After six months of preparation, Lawyer Joseph Oteri began in September the most thoroughgoing legal attack on antimarijuana laws ever made. In seeking to have Massachusetts' marijuana statutes declared unconstitutional, Oteri and ten expert witnesses from the U.S.

and abroad raised every conceivable medical, moral and legal argument against restriction of the drug. The state, with eight experts of its own, waged an equally impressive counteroffensive. The stage was a pretrial hearing for two college dropouts accused of possession of the drug with intent to sell. Last week, after consideration of the...

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