With new hemp law, ‘sniff and search’ goes up in smoke

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg puts police on notice: Marijuana arrests are going to be tough now that hemp is legal in Florida.

“Sniff and search” has long resulted in many arrests for law enforcement in Palm Beach County, where the distinctive smell of marijuana meant a warrantless search of a vehicle.

“It seems every case I have is when they stop a car and it’s the odor of marijuana and they go in and find a gun, they find drugs or they find something,” said West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Ronald Chapman.

“How do you disprove that?”

But nearly all sniff-and-search cases just went up in smoke, according to an email from State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office obtained by The Palm Beach Post.

Now, busting drivers for possession of marijuana leaf or oil is a Herculean task, putting the prospect of any marijuana arrests at all in doubt for

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