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.