The Daily globe The city of Bessemer, Michigan, has reportedly decided to spend approximately $ 3,400 on the purchase of a device that smells marijuana plants and trains police officers.
According to the city council, the overwhelming smell caused by growing marijuana is the most common complaint by residents. The state legalized recreational marijuana in December 2018, but there are restrictions on how many plants individuals can grow on their private property.
"The city of Bessemer stinks," said councilor Linda Nelson. "You can smell marijuana anywhere. We have people who can't sit in their back yard because the smell of their neighbors is so bad."
The Nasal Ranger is a field olfactometer from St. Croix Sensory. The device, released in 2012, mixes outside air with filtered air from a tank. The user operates a rotary knob on the side of the machine to assess the strength of the smell he is tracking.
The Denver police started tracing marijuana plants in 2013, and other municipalities followed suit.
According to the globeProsecutor Ray O & # 39; Dea is also mandated to issue a regulation regulating the use of the device. Bessemer expects George Beninghaus, the city's police officer, to be the one trained on the Nasal Ranger.
Bessemer Mayor Adam Zak cast the lonely vote against the purchase of the device globe said. While supporting the device, he wanted the prosecutor to continue investigating how the Nasal Ranger would help Bessemer with legal action. "It would be a shame to spend money and not leave it in court," he said.
Law enforcement in Michigan has been struggling with the aftermath of marijuana use since legalization. In November 2019 Newsweek The state police were reportedly still receiving calls for marijuana smoke and smell, but were not authorized to investigate them unless they suspected they were underage users.
While it is legal to grow marijuana in Michigan, state law requires plants to be invisible to the naked eye or to be grown outside of a closed, secure area.
Cannabis plants release a noticeable smell from just a few weeks of age. When they start to bloom and produce buds, this smell becomes much stronger. The smell multiplies as the number of plants increases. According to The New York TimesSome California cities are trying to ban cannabis cultivation for olfactory reasons, although this is legal at the state level.
Owning over a dozen plants in Michigan will result in a fine of $ 500. If the crop includes more than 24 plants, it will result in a crime that can result in up to seven years in prison and a fine of $ 500,000.