Filter Magazine: New York’s Two Marijuana Legalization Paths: Will Lawmakers Get It Right?
“The two bills also differ on several matters of criminal law. While the MRTA has a provision that the odor of marijuana can’t be used as a basis to stop or search somebody, no similar provision exists in the Governor’s proposal.
Eli Northrup, a public defender, said that this difference is significant: “Stop and frisk was outlawed, but [odor of marijuana] has kinda become the go-to reason for stopping and frisking people,” he told Filter.”
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