"Marijuana got 50,000 more votes than Obama on Tuesday. Don't think they didn't notice that."
November 9, 2012 1:13 PM   Subscribe

In the wake of state initiative 502, which legalizes recreational use of marijuana by adults in Washington, Seattle's police blogger has posted the department's first attempts at addressing the new law of the land. It's an interesting take on a number of issues, including whether the odor of marijuana is probable cause to search a car (short answer: no). Meanwhile, the conflict between state and federal law continues...
posted by nickgb (4 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Feel free to add this to the existing marijuana legalization thread. -- restless_nomad

"Could Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Pave the Way for Nullification?" From the article: "How far states will have to go to exercise self-government depends above all on the intractability of the DEA. I have no doubt that if it actually came down to states arresting DEA agents the federal government would be forced to reevaluate. Doubling down would mean arresting the governor or invading, and that seems exceedingly unlikely."
posted by resurrexit at 1:17 PM on November 9, 2012

We still have an open thread on this, and I already posted the SPD link there.
posted by Cash4Lead at 1:17 PM on November 9, 2012

The biggest (pleasant) surprise in this:

Under state law, officers have to develop probable cause to search a closed or locked container. Each case stands on its own, but the smell of pot alone will not be reason to search a vehicle.

That is a Big Fucking Deal. "I smelled pot" is the justification for a large number of searches and seizures, and the attendant arrests and violence.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 1:18 PM on November 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

Cash4Lead: Sorry, I looked back a ways but missed your post. Mods, feel free to delete!
posted by nickgb at 1:19 PM on November 9, 2012

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