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Cops, justice system struggle to discern marijuana from legal hemp

Posted on AllSides April 19th, 2024
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This story originally published online at The Assembly. Codie Bruce Schiene was sitting in his SUV in a hotel parking lot, scrolling through his phone, when two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers approached him back in 2020. He told them he was a guest at the Baymont Inn. The officers quickly ordered Schiene and his nephew out of the GMC Acadia and handcuffed them, then searched the vehicle. It was a warrantless search, but Sgt. William Buie said he had probable cause: He smelled unburned marijuana, according to court records. The officers...

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