Authorities Urge LEOs to Stop Searching People Based on Cannabis Aroma
The days of being searched by authorities in the UK simply because they think you smell like weed could soon be a thing of the past. Authorities and other officials are urging law enforcement officers across the UK to stop searching individuals based solely on their assumption that they smell like cannabis. The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary released a report that states the practice of searching someone solely on this assumption does not increase the "likelihood of a conviction, and should not be grounds to stop a suspect in and of itself."
No laws have changed surrounding cannabis in the UK however, this could be a sign that authorities know they are wasting their time on cannabis offenders. The report states that there have been 596 recorded incidents of law enforcement officers in the UK stopping and searching individuals because of a cannabis odor. Everyone agrees that a suspect's behavior should be taken into more consideration than an aroma when it comes to finding grounds in which to stop and search them.
In the 2016/2017 financial year, there were over 295,600 stops and searches conducted throughout the UK. According to this article, that is "a rate of one for every 200 people." Hopefully, authorities urging law enforcement officers to stop this practice will drastically reduce this number in the coming years.