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An Interstate 94 traffic stop the morning of Jan. 21, 2018, about 8 miles east of Jamestown, N.D., resulted in a Stutsman County deputy seizing 476 pounds of marijuana. Special to The Forum

Last month a North Dakota Judge ruled that nearly 500 lbs of marijuana seized during a traffic stop could not be admitted as evidence for criminal charges against the driver and his passenger because the traffic stop itself was unconstitutional.

The story made headlines because, let’s face it, that’s a lot of marijuana and losing the ability to use it as evidence in criminal proceedings is a world-class cock up.

I’m a little late to the story, but I felt it was worth highlighting because Judge Jay Schmitz’s opinion in the matter is something to behold.

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