Md. court rules pot smell not enough to search person

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Post by NHGF [Feed] » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:28 pm

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Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's highest court says the smell of marijuana isn't enough for police to search a person, in a ruling that begins by quoting the title of Bob Dylan's song: "The Times They Are A-Changin'." The Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 this week that in Maryland's post-decriminalization era, the odor of marijuana coupled with possession of what is clearly less than 10 grams doesn't give officers probable cause to make an arrest and search a person. The ruling says police can still use the smell of marijuana to justify searching a vehicle. But police can't search anyone in the vehicle without evidence of a crime. Maryland decriminalized possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in 2014. It's now considered a civil offense that can carry a $100 fine.



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