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AZ Court of Appeals: No Warrants For Smell of Weed

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]2-1, the Arizona appeals court has ruled the scent of weed is no longer probable cause for issuing search warrants. The road to Tuesday’s decision stems from a March 14th, 2013 patrol where South Tucson police smelled a pungent smell radiating from a small neighborhood of warehouses. After obtaining a warrant, SWAT raided the warehouse in question, finding nothing.

The smell of weed still persisted, however, so police obtained a second warrant. This time, they found a full grow operation of 357 plants, 53 pounds of harvested weed, but no sign of the cultivators. Shockingly, both of these taxpayer funded raids were begun from only the smell of weed. Soon after the raids, a Tucson man turned himself in.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#000000″ bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Our 4th amendment right guarantees the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The Division II Appeals Court upheld this sentiment and has instituted an “odor-plus” rule for the issuing of warrants. This sets precedent that homes and private properties are no longer open doors for police to walk into under the guise of weed’s smell. Now, police will require proof that a crime has likely occurred.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Since the AMMA prohibits public smoking, don’t rush to burn that blunt. For example, if an officer were to drive through a parking lot, smell burned weed, and then see a small cloud escape from a car window, they will be fully able to legally search the vehicle. The law is still the law and probable cause applies.

Those inside the industry know that weed has a smell that clings to the body and clothes. The Appeals Court’s decision also establishes an extra layer of protection for the hundreds of AMMA professionals serving the current 65,000 medical marijuana patient base.

These incidents and legal wheel-spinning end with legalization. Support the movement to legalize by voicing your opinions to your local representatives and senators.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]