South Carolina Lawmakers Fight Cannabis Smell Search Law

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Catching a whiff of a weed shouldn’t be enough for probable cause, and South Carolina lawmakers want to make sure it no longer is. Legislators in South Carolina have taken a stab at medical cannabis bills in recent years. The absence of a medical cannabis law is not due to a lack of trying. That’s the thinking behind a bill offered up by a Democratic lawmaker in South Carolina. The bill might have an uphill climb in the state’s general assembly, where Republicans hold large majorities in each chamber.

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Catching a whiff of a weed shouldn’t be enough for probable cause, and South Carolina lawmakers want to make sure it no longer is. That’s the thinking behind a bill offered up by a Democratic lawmaker in South Carolina.

State House Representative Deon Tedder “is pushing for a bill where the scent of marijuana alone would not provide law enforcement with reasonable suspicion or probable cause to support a stop, search, seizure or arrest,” according to local television station WSPA.

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