PINE VALLEY, Calif. (Associated Press)
— California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but that won’t stop federal agents from seizing the drug (Associated Press)
— even in tiny amounts (Associated Press) — on busy freeways and backcountry highways. Marijuana possession…
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that agents can question people at checkpoints even without reason to believe anyone in the vehicle is in the country illegally and don’t need a search warrant.
Michael Chernis, an attorney who represents people charged with marijuana crimes, believes checkpoint seizures are a waste of resources but acknowledged the government is empowered.
“The bottom line is, there’s absolutely no protection against federal interaction when it comes to adult use,” he said.