VI: RS exists on smell of marijuana in a car even though locally small amounts of MJ was decriminalized

Despite decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in VI, reasonable suspicion of possession of a small amount of marijuana is still contraband (an issue already settled here) that can justify a stop. Here, officers were watching a high crime area known for drug transactions and saw defendant with a joint and approached him. People v. Pemberton, 2019 VI SUPER 118 (Aug. 30, 2019).

Tasing a resisting suspect three times did not violate clearly established law, and the officers get qualified immunity. It otherwise appeared reasonable. Handcuffing another behind his back in the midst of this was reasonable, too. Rudley v. Little Rock Police Dep’t, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 26567 (8th Cir. Sept. 3, 2019).*

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