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Dispute Erupts Over New Policy On ‘Cannabis Smell’ Police Stops

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 17th 2017 by THCFinder

A controversial new drug policy in England and Wales has casual weed-smokers breathing a sigh of relief, while police officers are left scratching their heads.

Officers Advised To Discontinue ‘Cannabis Smell’ Police Stops

Dissension has broken out amongst UK police forces due to recent advice that warns arresting officers NOT to stop and search people simply because an officer smells cannabis.

The change in policy was actually brought to police’s attention last year but was just recently reiterated in a Tuesday report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The guidance suggests that smell alone doesn’t constitute a stop and search, and other factors, such as behavior, should be considered before any action is taken. The report also noted that frequent stop and searches do not necessarily increase the likelihood of a conviction.

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