Category Archives: police

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Smell of Pot Enough to Justify Police Searching a Home

The seven justices on the Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that marijuana odor constitutes probable cause for police to search a private residence without a warrant, the AP is reporting. The 4-3 ruling says that an officer’s detection of a marijuana smell is enough cause to conduct a warrantless search. The case wound up in […]

50 Pounds of Weed, 5 Pounds of Fentanyl Found in Suitcases in Nashville Airport

A crime report is making the rounds, centering on a 22-year-old Phoenix woman, Reed Ibrahim, who was arrested on charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute. But there was some initial confusion over what drugs Ibrahim was attempting to move. Reports indicate that law enforcement found 50 pounds of weed and two kilos […]

One Hour Into Legalization, Canadian Cops Write First Weed-Related Traffic Ticket

Winnipeg police are off to a white hot start so far, as the first weed-related traffic ticket has already been issued. The first ticket was issued by Winnipeg Police Service traffic division inspector Gord Spado around 1AM when he found somebody getting lit in their car — that’s only 59 minutes after the green good […]

Canada’s Legal Cannabis May Pose Challenges for Police Dogs

Legal cannabis in Canada may mean big changes for the country’s police canine units, according to a report from the CBC. Officer Jeff Rotinsky, a canine handler with the Winnipeg Police Service in the province of Manitoba, told local media that his police dog Mya will see less work once legalization goes into effect next […]

Report: After Marijuana Decriminalization, Pittsburgh Still Targets People of Color

In Allegheny County, black residents are arrested more, charged more, sit in jail longer, and pay more for misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses than white residents. That’s according to a new report from The Appeal, a team of journalists who focus on criminal justice in the United States. The report highlights the ongoing racial disparities in […]

California’s legal marijuana delivery services threatened by police and unions

(Courtesy of Meadow) A group of California police chiefs have launched a campaign to stop Californians from obtaining legal cannabis from delivery services. The California Police Chiefs Association have joined the League of California Cities and United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council in creating a website petitioning residents to ban marijuana deliveries outright, […]

Data Shows Racial Bias in Miami-Dade, Florida Marijuana Arrests

Many states, even those which haven’t yet legalized cannabis for adult use, have recognized the need to address the massive, historical and ongoing disparities in drug law enforcement. Over decades, these disparities have contributed to the United States becoming the world’s largest jailer, a country not just of mass incarceration but of the hyper-incarceration of […]

California’s legal marijuana delivery services threatened by police

(Courtesy of Meadow) A group of California police chiefs have launched a campaign to stop Californians from obtaining legal cannabis from delivery services. The California Police Chiefs Association have joined the League of California Cities and United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council in creating a website petitioning residents to ban marijuana deliveries outright, […]

Canadian Legal Expert Calls Cannabis Breathalyzers “Flawed Approach” to Legalization

This story was originally published in Straight Cannabis. Changes to impaired-driving laws in preparation for cannabis legalization are not only proving flawed but are threatening the charter rights of all drivers on the road, even those who have never consumed pot. Since amendments to Bill C-46 passed in June—adding more cannabis-specific laws to the Impaired Driving […]