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Massachusetts Laws and Programs

  • By: Sarah Boslaugh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Massachusetts is a densely populated state with a long seacoast and several interstate highways linking it with other U.S. states, all factors that facilitate drug trafficking. In addition, the small size of many Atlantic Coast states means that transportation across multiple states is commonplace. Marijuana is widely available throughout the state and is supplied primarily from Mexico, although hydroponic marijuana from Canada, marijuana of Colombian and Jamaican origin, and locally grown marijuana is also present in the state.

Cocaine is a primary drug of abuse and is supplied from New York as well as directly from Mexico, Florida, and Georgia. Heroin is also available in both small and large quantities throughout the state, supplied from New York as well as the southwestern United States, the Dominican ...

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