Possessing less than one ounce of marijuana is no longer a crime in Massachusetts.
But crime still flows from supplying it.
To understand how far and how violently, consider again the story of Justin D. Cosby, who was murdered inside a Harvard University residence hall — several months after the decriminalization law took effect. Cosby, 22, a Cambridge Rindge & Latin School graduate who attended Salem State College, sold marijuana on and around the Harvard campus. On May 18, 2009, he was set up by three men — not Harvard students — who were part of a plot to rob him. He was shot three times and died later at a hospital while his mother watched.
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Boston Globe, April 28, 2011