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The possession of small amounts of weed has been decriminalized in Maryland but it’s still a banned substance and gives police probable cause to search a vehicle if they smell it according to a ruling from the state’s highest court.

“Simply put, decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful,” Court of Appeals Judge Shirley M. Watts wrote in a unanimous opinion issued Friday.

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