Maryland shouldn’t let police officers search vehicles just because of the smell of marijuana

This might seem like a “one bad apple” kind of situation, but the extent to which the smell of marijuana is used to justify searches across the country is remarkable. A New York judge even commented on it this summer, acknowledging that the amount cops who claim to smell marijuana “strains credulity.” Other states’ courts have shared this opinion, with some such as Vermont ruling that the smell of marijuana is not reasonable cause for a vehicular search. Maryland had a great opportunity to take this step as well, but chose specifically to continue allowing these potentially unlawful searches.

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