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Pennsylvania County Court Rejects Vehicle Search Solely on Odor if One Has a Valid Medical Marijuana Card

Jane Summers

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Pennsylvania Court Rejects Vehicle Search Solely on Odor if One Has a Valid Medical Marijuana Card
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According to ab NBC Philadelphia news report, a court Lehigh County Pennsylvania ruled that state police troopers were not permitted to search a vehicle solely due to the smell of marijuana where a passenger showed a valid medical marijuana card

The judge, Maria Dantos, wrote in her opinion, “The smell of marijuana is no longer per se indicative of a crime.”

Joshua Karoly, the defense attorney, shared in the news report, “This case will put a spotlight on the plain smell doctrine in Pennsylvania which police use far too often to invade citizens’ privacy.”

According to the news report, “Prosecutors must now decide whether to appeal to state Superior Court or try to move forward without the evidence. District Attorney Jim Martin said his office is reviewing the opinion and transcripts from a July 17 hearing and had made no decision on an appeal.”

Despite Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, marijuana remains illegal under federal law and is classified as a Schedule I substance.

All information is for general informational and educational purposes only. Nothing should be interpreted as legal or wellness advice.

Jane is a regular contributor who learned about the great benefits of CBD a few years ago after starting it herself. Impressed by its effects, she's interested in helping others learn about options that can be helpful for them.

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