Massachusetts: Cops Can't Search Due To Weed Scent
Ever been stopped by the cops after just smoking a blunt? Well, in Massachusetts law enforcement is not justified to search your vehicle if they smell pre smoked weed.
In the state of Massachusetts, having an ounce or less of marijuana in your possession is not a crime. According to the Boston Globe, “We have held that the odor of burnt marijuana alone cannot support probable cause to search a vehicle without a warrant … [now]we hold that such odor [of unburnt marijuana], standing alone, does not provide probable cause to search an automobile.’’
Since marijuana has been decriminalized since 2008, Massachusetts sees no purpose in busting people for small portions and marijuana scents. Things are also looking up for the state because medical marijuana may be legalized within the next year.