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Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed

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Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed
The proposed measure redefines reality to make a drug crime out of literally nothing.
By Phillip Smith / AlterNet July 12, 2017, 3:26 PM GMT
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With the support of state law enforcement, a Massachusetts Democratic state representative has filed a drug war bill that would send violators to prison for a mandatory minimum two years (five years for a second offense) and allow police to seize their vehicles—all without the presence of any actual drugs.

Sponsored by Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchfield), the measure, House Bill 1266, makes it a crime to have a hidden compartment in one’s vehicle or to try to add one—and it presumes that any hidden compartment in a vehicle is for “for the purpose of transporting or distributing controlled substances” and related contraband, such as cash or weapons. As the bill specifies in its asset forfeiture section:

Proof that a conveyance contains a hidden compartment as defined in this section shall be prima facie evidence that the conveyance was used intended for use in and for the business of unlawfully manufacturing, dispensing, or distributing controlled substances.

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Conspiracy

Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed

DRUGS
Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed
The proposed measure redefines reality to make a drug crime out of literally nothing.
By Phillip Smith / AlterNet July 12, 2017, 3:26 PM GMT
96241
Print
70 COMMENTS

Photo Credit: Thomas R Machnitzki / Wikimedia Commons

With the support of state law enforcement, a Massachusetts Democratic state representative has filed a drug war bill that would send violators to prison for a mandatory minimum two years (five years for a second offense) and allow police to seize their vehicles—all without the presence of any actual drugs.

Sponsored by Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchfield), the measure, House Bill 1266, makes it a crime to have a hidden compartment in one’s vehicle or to try to add one—and it presumes that any hidden compartment in a vehicle is for “for the purpose of transporting or distributing controlled substances” and related contraband, such as cash or weapons. As the bill specifies in its asset forfeiture section:

Proof that a conveyance contains a hidden compartment as defined in this section shall be prima facie evidence that the conveyance was used intended for use in and for the business of unlawfully manufacturing, dispensing, or distributing controlled substances.

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