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Pacheco v. State

In 2014, Maryland decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, making it a civil offense. So if police come upon a legally parked vehicle, smell “fresh burnt” marijuana, and see a joint in the center console, they do not have probable cause to search the driver, says Maryland’s high court. Concurrence: Don’t drive stoned.


Tags: 2019, Court of Appeals of Maryland, Marijuana, Police, Searches and Seizures

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