Cal.1st: Smell of MJ on the person is at worst indicative of an infraction and it can’t justify a search incident

Officers were attracted to a group of youths in an area known for potential gang violence. They approached them and informed defendant that he smelled of marijuana and searched him. Because smelling of marijuana isn’t a crime and possession of less than an ounce is an infraction, there was no offense for a search incident. In re D.W., 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 670 (1st Dist. July 6, 2017), published Aug. 2, 2017).

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