From the Baltimore Sun: Maryland’s highest court affirms that police can’t use the smell of marijuana to search and arrest a person

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    The previous ruling was interesting enough. It said something to the effect of “if you see less than 10 grams (about a 1/3rd of an ounce), that isn’t justification to search for more in the hopes that you find a criminal amount.”

    But now we’re in a place where cops are, officially, no longer allowed to say “I smelled the distinct odor of marijuana” as justification for doing something without a warrant anymore. They have to come up with something else.

    “I thought I saw a lump that might have been a concealed gun”, maybe.Report

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