Know the Search Laws to Avoid a Pot Bust [Video]
The new laws legalizing marijuana in some states make an ounce of weed almost as easy to buy as a bottle of beer. For example, voters in Colorado and Washington made recreational use of pot lawful, it’s still illegal in Oregon. Lawyers.com reporter Kate Stafford explains some of the legal rights of pot smokers.
To avoid getting busted, it is essential that you know the laws of search and seizure. Keith Stroup, a criminal law attorney who founded the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), discusses legal points that marijuana users should know.
- While driving your car, there are three circumstances where you can refuse to let the police conduct a search.
If you are stopped on the street, the police can pat you down in some situations.
- If the police show up at your home while marijuana is being smoked, you don’t have to let them in – unless you make a simple mistake.
Find out more about the dramatic changes in marijuana laws:
Three-part series on medical marijuana:
- Part one: US Attorneys Turn to Intimidation in a War on Medical Marijuana
- Part two: Feds and Local Cops Conspire to Put Medical Marijuana Sales Out on the Streets
- Part three:Trailblazing Medical Marijuana Cooperative Confronts Uncertain Future