Arizona Supreme Court rules marijuana odor is enough to allow searches

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — In Arizona, just the “smell” of marijuana is enough for police to search your home and car, according to two new Arizona Supreme Court rulings.

The state’s Supreme Court ruled that officers do not need to seek out evidence that the marijuana user or grower is unlicensed before getting a warrant.

The court also ruled that if police smell marijuana coming from your car, they can search it – without a warrant.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says the ruling reaffirms decades of law enforcement practice and will help deputies crack down on those who sell marijuana to young people.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office declined to comment because of possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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