When it comes to illegal (recreational) marijuana, Terence Calloway, police chief and assistant vice president of safety at Florida A&M University (FAMU), strongly suggests not smoking it while riding in a car because of the risk of being pulled over by police. The smell of burnt cannabis could lead to serious consequences.
“Don’t smoke and get in your car,” he warns. “You’re giving probable cause to the police. If they pull you over and they smell it … they will search your car without asking you…. Don’t argue with the police when pulled over because you are not going to win that battle. As soon as you start arguing, they can take you to jail for disorderly conduct. As soon as they grab you and you pull back, they can charge you for resisting arrest. And it now goes from a simple misdemeanor to a felony.”