Marijuana Citations Statewide

Lukas Knight filed this request with the Massachusetts State Police of Massachusetts.
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From: Lukas Knight

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Aggregate data of the total number of written citations for the simple possession of marijuana since the passage of decriminalization in 2008, as well as the results of these written citations (i.e. of the total how many court summonses, how many of these court summonses resulted in an appearance in court, how many of said appearances resulted in a payment of the $100 fine and how many resulted in successful appeals of the citation).

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Lukas Knight

From: O'Neil, Jenniffer (POL)

Good Afternoon Mr. Knight,

Please see the attached Department response.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Jenniffer P. O’Neil, Esq.
Staff Counsel
Department of State Police
State Police Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 820-2348