The smell of marijuana emanating from a car gives police officers probable cause to search the vehicle, Maryland’s high court unanimously rules.
The mere smell of marijuana emanating from a car in Maryland does not give police officers probable cause to search the vehicle, because the possession of less than 10 grams of the drug is a civil offense – not a crime – under state law, a defense attorney told Maryland’s top court last week.
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Officials are looking to make it easier for people who’ve used marijuana in the past to become police officers in Maryland. The Baltimore Sun reports that the commission that regulates hiring in Maryland has recommended that the state relax a rule regarding past marijuana use for prospective officers. Under the current state policy, people cannot […]
Maryland’s top court will consider whether police officers, upon smelling a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle, may frisk all the passengers in a car they have stopped for a traffic violation.
On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 men and women sit behind bars on simple drug possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. According to the report, most of these jailed inmates […]
Maryland’s top court will consider whether police officers who smell marijuana emanating from a car have probable cause to search the vehicle without a warrant even though possession of less than 10 grams of the drug has been merely a civil offense – not a crime – for the past two years.
With state regulators next week revealing the recipients of the first round of licenses for growing and processing medical marijuana, one big question remains: Where does the money go? The federal government is still at odds with the 25 states and the District of Columbia where medical marijuana is legal, leaving banks at a loss for clear […]
As Maryland develops it medical marijuana licensing program, one problem persists. Businesses that sell marijuana complain that they have no place to secure their money. A recent Senate committee vote took a step toward addressing those concerns. In a 16-14 vote, largely across party lines, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that prohibits money […]
The sponsor of a bill decriminalizing drug paraphernalia is accusing Gov Larry Hogan of lying about the bill in order to thwart a veto override vote scheduled for Thursday.
ANNAPOLIS — An attempt to override a bill changing how taxes are assessed on online hotel bookings is pitting the Maryland Chamber of Commerce against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and has some Republican legislators rankled. The bill is one of six that are scheduled for veto-override votes on Wednesday and part of a test some […]
I’m writing this the day after I tried a case where my client was charged with distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. This case seemed way over-charged and the jury agreed: it came back after with a defense verdict after 3 minutes of deliberations. The case was tried in a traditionally conservative county, […]