The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a state trooper was wrong to seize a man's vehicle after he said he smelled a faint scent of burnt marijuana.
The Vermont American Civil Liberties Union sued the state over the seizure.
Then-21-year-old Greg Zullo of Rutland, who is black, was pulled over in Wallingford in March of 2014. The trooper said snow was covering his registration sticker.
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The trooper said he smelled burnt marijuana and asked to search the car. Zullo refused but allowed the trooper to search him.
The car was towed and a grinder and pipe with some marijuana residue were found, which is not a criminal offense.
The court ruled Friday that a faint burnt marijuana odor doesn't create a fair probability that pot would be found.