Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Odor of Marijuana Not Enough to Order Suspect Out of Car Says Massachusetts' Highest Court


The odor of burnt marijuana is no longer enough for police officers to order a person from their car, now that possession of less than an ounce of marijuana has been decriminalized in Massachusetts, the state's highest court ruled today. "Without at least some other additional fact to bolster a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the odor of burnt marijuana alone cannot reasonably provide suspicion of criminal activity to justify an exit order," the court ruled in a decision written by Chief Justice Roderick Ireland. (Link to Story)

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  1. can smell the marijuana from here...

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  3. jeez, the judge's LAST NAME IS IRELAND. Stereotype... overload... can't... handle...

    (I once dated a blond-haired, blue-eyed, super-white girl whose last name was "Irish". True story.)

    See also: victory for decriminalized states! This sets juris precedence for the other states that have also decriminalized!

    Huzzah for pot smokers!

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  4. Wow, that's a pretty big deal. I don't smoke weed, but I think it should be legalized.

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  5. This blog is interesting.

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  6. Hey here in Canada they still assume that's enough to arrest you! :S

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  7. another victory! i disagree with Vav though, never had a problem!

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