Baltimore police handle marijuana suspects differently under consent decree, recent court ruling

Deidre Hodge, 18, was among a group of people in a high-crime area of Northwest Baltimore when plainclothes police officers pulled up, sending Hodge and the others running. Officers chased and caught Hodge, and later charged him with gun and marijuana-related offenses. As the federal consent decree in Baltimore changes how officers do their jobs and as marijuana becomes increasingly decriminalized, Hodge’s case in Baltimore Circuit Court offers some insight into the ongoing challenges facing police officers, how reforms are playing out on the street, and how judges and prosecutors are adjusting to a recent Court of Appeals ruling on marijuana and searches. (Balt. Sun)

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