Smelling like pot in NYC may finally stop giving cops a reason to bust you 

According to the New York Times, more than 85 per cent of those targeted at the height of the so-called “stop-and-frisk” era were Black or Hispanic

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For decades, police in New York City have been able to justify a search of a car, and even a person, simply by saying they smelled marijuana. That’s it. 

According to the New York Times, city police were arresting some 50,000 people a year for minor pot offences at the height of the so-called “stop-and-frisk” era. And more than 85 per cent of those targeted were Black or Hispanic.

That might be coming to an end. A New York judge has issued a scathing report condemning the practice, saying it has been overused without justification. 

“The time has come to reject the canard of marijuana emanating from nearly every vehicle subject to a traffic stop,” the judge wrote.

Source: New York Times.

 

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