Maryland Republicans are advocating to reverse HB 1071, a l that prohibits police from searching individuals or vehicles based solely on the odor of cannabis.
This movement, led by House Minority Whip Jesse Pippy (R), is part of a broader public safety agenda set for the upcoming legislative session. As reported in Marijuana Moment, Pippy asserts that the current law compromises road safety and hinders law enforcement’s ability to confiscate firearms.
Impact And Controversy Around Odor-Based Searches
Passed in April and effective from July, House Bill 1071 restricts law enforcement from initiating stops or searches based on the smell of cannabis, whether burnt or unburnt, without additional evidence.
Despite not signing the bill, Democratic Governor Wes Moore allowed it to become …