Odor of pot not enough for Mass. cops to search

Local police chiefs are fuming over the ruling, which serves to further decriminalize marijuana laws in the state


By Lisa Redmond
Lowell Sun

LOWELL — The smell is unmistakably pungent.

But as distinctive as the aroma of a marijuana cigarette is, the state's highest court has ruled that a puff of smoke is not enough to allow police to order people out of a car to be searched for illegal drugs.

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