Sheriff’s dogs will soon search Hopkinton High School lockers, following reports that underage drinking and pot use are on the rise statewide – an increase law enforcement blames on the partial decriminalization of marijuana.

“It’s particularly troubling,” Middlesex Country District Attorney Gerry Leone said yesterday, describing emboldened student smokers, including first-timers. “We earmarked this as an issue and that it was going to be a slippery slope.”

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MetroWest Daily News, Fri, Feb. 11, 2011