Sunday, May 22, 2011

News Brief: Supreme Court Says Cops Can Kick Your Door Down If They Smell Weed

Damn! Even the crib ain’t a safe haven for tokers no more.

Via: The Gothamist:

The Supreme Court has ruled that if cops are passing by your hotbox and they smell reefer, they’re legally entitled to kick your door down without a warrant if they think you’re destroying evidence and you don’t open up. It’s going to mean big business for the rolled towel and incense companies, but a tough break for anyone who struggles with paranoia after doing a J.
In an 8-1 decision [pdf], the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment, which states that “the right of the people to be secure in their per­sons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreason­able searches and seizures, shall not be violated,” doesn’t apply here, because “‘the exigencies of the situation’ make the needs of law en­forcement so compelling that [a] warrantless search is objectively reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.” The decision comes in response to a case that originated in Kentucky’s court system, in which: 
Police officers in Lexington, Kentucky, followed a suspected drug dealer to an apartment complex. They smelled marijuana outside an apartment door, knocked loudly, and announced their presence. As soon as the officers began knocking, they heard noises coming from the apartment; the officers believed that these noises were consistent with the destruction of evidence. The officers announced their intent to enter the apartment, kicked in the door, and found respondent and others. They saw drugs in plain view during a protective sweep of the apartment and found additional evidence during a subsequent search.

Glade scented candles and Febreze ain’t enough protection no more. I guess it’s time to invest in a Vaporizer, something that operates without smoke.

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