SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers in states where marijuana is legal have alleged they get pulled over more often in other states solely because of their license plates.
Some Massachusetts drivers who frequently cross into Connecticut believe legal recreational marijuana could make their license plates a problem.
Adonte Harrell of Chicopee said, “If you have a Massachusetts state license, and you look like a certain person who would have marijuana, they’ll probably pull you over. If you don’t look suspicious then you probably won’t get pulled over.”
Enfield Police Lt. Mark Squires denies any “pot profiling.” He said police won’t pull any drivers over without probable cause. Lt. Squires told 22News when officers do have reason to search a Massachusetts vehicle, they’ll likely be more aware that marijuana might be present.
Nicole Asselin of Holyoke said if you follow the rules, you shouldn’t have a problem; “I guess it would be kind of a natural thing because it’s legal in one state and not in another, but I think as long as you abide by the rules of the road, then there wouldn’t be any type of flag on you so, follow the rules.”
Medical marijuana is legal in Connecticut, and possession has been decriminalized in the state, but not in New Hampshire, where possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.