High court muzzles drug dogs; Thune ally: cannabis not criminal

David Jackson, USA Today:
Police who searched a Florida house based on the reactions of a drug sniffing dog violated the homeowner's constitutional rights, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said a dog sniff at a house where police suspect drugs are being grown constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but the circumstances did not justify the officers' entry.
The GOP is unhinging over cannabis.
United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is asking his colleagues in Congress to stop sending people away to prison for minor marijuana offenses. “There are people in jail for 37, 50, 45 years for nonviolent crimes. That is a huge mistake. Our prisons are full of nonviolent criminals,” Sen. Paul said. Over the weekend, however, he announced that, along with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), he was working on a bill that would no longer put nonviolent offenders behind bars for dealing in small amounts of a drug that recently become legal in two US states.--RT.com

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