Case of Bungled Pot Raid on Tomato-Loving Family Revived Anew

The bizarre case of a Kansas sheriff’s department that mistook tomato plants and loose-leaf tea for evidence of a marijuana grow and accordingly launched a SWAT-style raid on an innocent suburban family will return to a lower court for a third crack at a judgment.

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Pot Possession Not Probable Cause

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police officers unlawfully searched a man after smelling marijuana in his car and observing a joint in the center console. The officers did not have probable cause to believe the man was in possession of a criminal amount of marijuana, and possession of less than 10 grams of pot is a civil – not an arrestable – offense. 

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