Home Police Raids are on the decrease, but you should still be aware if you have marijuana in your home. What to do if the Police come knocking? A man’s home is his castle, as the saying goes, but in many states there are limitations on what you can do in your home, what plants you can grow, and how you can enjoy them. The Constitution protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures, which means among other things that the police can’t just barge into your home and start nosing around. If you live in a state that does not allow marijuana possession or use, there are still some things you need to know about marijuana in the home and how to stay on the right side of the law if a cop knocks on your door.
Police can’t enter without a warrant.If you get a knock on your front door, it could be potential trouble. You need to avoid home police raids at all costs. Remember this: the law is on your side. Police cannot enter your home without a warrant, unless you give them permission. If you do give them permission to come in, they still can’t search without a warrant or your permission. But if they see anything out in the open that makes them suspicious that there’s drug activity going on, they can use it as evidence against you if you gave them permission to be there.
But they can enter with probable cause.Police don’t have to have a warrant if they have probable cause to believe that a crime is being committed. There are several things that can give probable cause:
- The smell of marijuana
- Seeing drugs or drug paraphernalia out in the open where it is publicly visible
- Indication by a drug-sniffing dog
- General suspicion
- Neighbors’ complaints