January 3, 2022

Court: Marijuana Odor Not Enough to Justify Warrantless Search

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the smell of marijuana alone isn’t enough to justify police executing a warrantless search.

“The odor of marijuana alone does not amount to probable cause to conduct a non-warranted search of the vehicle but, rather, may be considered as a factor in examining the totality of the circumstances,” Chief Justice Max Baer wrote.

In 2018, officers searched a vehicle solely because they smelled pot. Officers had the vehicle pull over because the driver failed to stop at a solid white line prior to an overpass. After smelling marijuana at the window, officers searched the vehicle, finding a loaded handgun and less than one gram of the substance.

The defendant, Timothy Barr II, and his wife, the driver, presented their medical marijuana cards. The trial court initially dismissed the possession charge, saying the evidence was inadmissible because the search was unconstitutional.

The district attorney’s office argued that the drug remains illegal for most people in the state. But the Supreme Court sided with the trial court’s decision, reinstating the order to suppress the evidence.


Pot Smell Alone Can’t Justify Warrantless Search, Pa. High Court Rules

November 5, 2021

Marijuana vaping among teens has doubled since 2013

A new study found that marijuana vaping among teenagers doubled between 2013 and 2020 — and that adolescents who vaped cannabis within the last 30 days increased seven-fold.

The report from JAMA Pediatrics analyzed 17 studies involving roughly 200,000 teenagers in the US and Canada. The researchers say the data indicates a shift in preference from dried herb to cannabis oils, which is how marijuana is consumed via vaping.

Researchers say this may be due to cannabis oils containing higher levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and the misconception that vaping is safer than smoking. However, the researchers warned that vaping marijuana poses some serious health risks for teens.

“Regular use of high THC products could increase the risk of dependence, other substance use and many other health, social and behavioral problems later in life,” said study author Carmen Lim, a doctoral candidate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia.

“In contrast to smoking cannabis, vaping marijuana with an electronic nicotine device increased the likelihood that adolescents would have worrisome pulmonary symptoms, including things like wheezing or whistling in their chest,” said Carol Boyd, co-director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health at the University of Michigan.


Marijuana vaping among teens has more than doubled since 2013

October 18, 2021

Oregon county declares emergency over illegal weed

An Oregon county declared a state of emergency, saying it’s so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms.

“Jackson County strongly requests your assistance to address this emergency,” the Jackson County Board of Commissioners wrote in a letter to the governor and legislators.

The commissions said law enforcement officers and regulators are overwhelmed. The group warned of an “imminent threat to the public health and safety of our citizens from the illegal production of cannabis in our county.”

A megadrought in the West created urgency among marijuana growers, as illegal growers pilfer much-needed water reserves.

The commissioners noted that illegal marijuana farms often pose as legal hemp farms. State health officials reported that about 25 percent of registered hemp farms refused entry to inspectors.


Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

September 3, 2021

Amazon recruits marijuana users amid delivery driver shortage

Amazon is urging its delivery partners to no longer screen applicants for marijuana use, according to Bloomberg.

Amazon says that the new policy can potentially boost applicants by 400%, though they don’t provide a source for that statistic. Additionally, they say that screening for marijuana use diminishes the number of prospective workers by 30%.

Some delivery partners are hesitant to comply with the 420-friendly request due to safety and liability concerns.

“If one of my drivers crashes and kills someone and tests positive for marijuana, that’s my problem, not Amazon’s,” an anonymous delivery partner said.

Amazon, which has been lobbying for federal legalization, announced in June that it was no longer screening applicants for marijuana. However, that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to toke up before a shift.

“If a delivery associate is impaired at work and tests positive post-accident or due to reasonable suspicion, that person would no longer be permitted to perform services for Amazon,” a spokeswoman said.


Amazon’s Answer to Delivery Driver Shortage: Recruit Pot Smokers

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