Fresh off his appearance on the Price Is Right, rapper Snoop Dogg has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Earlier this month, Snoop — whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. —was stopped by Texas border patrol agents, who alleged they smelled marijuana smoke emanating from his tour bus. Upon searching the vehicle, they found several joints. The local sheriff’s office then slapped the celebrity with the misdemeanor charge, which usually entails a mail-in fine of up to $500.
Marijuana laws across the country are rapidly changing as perceptions of the drug’s harmful affects are going up in smoke. Snoop Dogg’s run-in with authorities highlights a couple key issues that are stuck in this expanding legal gray area. First, is a smell test enough for an officer to establish what is known as probable cause to search a vehicle for marijuana possession? Second, does the fact that Snoop is a medical marijuana license holder have any bearing on his case?
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